Film: Will the Kinks Ever “Do It Again”?

October 26th, 2010, 2:01 pm by Greg

Yes, we know that it sounds kind of oxymoronic, but we seriously think that the Kinks are one of the most under-rated superstar bands of the rock era.

And like Boston Globe arts writer Geoff Edgers, we would love to the Kinks “Do It Again.”

I mean, really, wouldn’t a Kinks reunion be a magnificent thing? Despite the fact that brothers Ray and Dave Davies have been feuding almost since before Liam and Noel Gallagher were born?

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Well, that’s pretty much what Robert Patton-Spruill’s film, “Do It Again: One Man’s Quest to Reunite the Kinks,” is all about – following Edgers around as he tries to make the impossible rock reunion happen. As a Don Quixote-like rock ‘n’ roll quest, it’s a glorious failure. But as a documentary film about fan-boy obsession, it’s an utterly fascinating concept.

The film – which includes interviews with superstar Sting, Robyn Hitchcock, starmaker Clive Davis, R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, indie actress/singer Zooey Deschanel and a candidly pissed-off Paul Weller – will have its Nippertown premiere at Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center in Saratoga Springs at 7pm on Thursday.

Following the film, Skidmore music professor (and British Invasion scholar) Gordon Thompson will engage journalist Geoff Edgers in a discussion and Q&A session with the audience. Admission is free, although tix are required. Go here to reserve free tix.

One thought on “Film: Will the Kinks Ever “Do It Again”?”

  1. Gordon Thompson says:

    It’s an interesting, if at times uncomfortable documentary. Edgers is at once a victim of his own optimism and pessimism. For anyone who has felt queasy in the stomach when about to meet someone famous, take your Tums and watch as Edgers sets himself up for misadventure.

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