Friday, November 28, 2014

DVD Review: New Documentary Displays The "Dangerous" Side Of Jerry McGill

Rockabilly artist Jerry McGill had a promising future in music after he released his first singles through Sun Records in 1959. He befriended fellow artists Johnny Cash and even Elvis Presley and went on the road with Waylon Jennings, but his destructive nature took over and McGill became a threat to society. He was in and out of jail almost a hundred times in his life and the only indication of McGill's existence in music is the Sun Records' 45 r.p.m. single and a movie entitled "Stranded In Canton." After reading about some of the excursions of McGill, filmmaker Paul Duane decided to document a career comeback of Jerry McGill, but instead Duane got a whole different type of movie. The new documentary entitled "Very Extremely Dangerous" chronicles the destructive behavior of McGill as he records and performs some of the last new music of his life. The video does not hold anything back as McGill misses his surgery twice to remove cancerous tumors on his lungs as he continues to smoke cigarettes and take painkillers.
One of the highlights of the documentary is when Jerry McGill enters Sam Phillips studio for a recording session with members of the North Mississippi All-Stars and producer Roland James. It amazing how focused McGill is when he performing, whether its in the studio or in a live setting. While watching this film, you never know what will send McGill over the edge as the slightest things set him off and you keep watching, not knowing if Duane's film captures McGill's final days. The documentary was released on November 25th through Fat Possum Records and includes a CD soundtrack which includes McGill's lost album and a musical soundtrack with contributions from artists like Ry Cooder, Alex Chilton, Waylon Jennings and others. To find out more about this eye-opening documentary, please visit

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