“What is it you love about music?” For most people that question may not be so easy to answer but for Cameron Crowe the answer is apart of his DNA. “Almost Famous” is Crowe’s love letter to the music that has guided his entire life. The story is based on Crowe’s own life of becoming a rock journalist for “Rolling Stone Magazine” at the age of 15. What makes his story so endearing is that it is crafted from something genuine and comes from a place of pure love. We are shown a world we as a culture romanticize…the life of rockstars and we see it through the eyes of a true fan.
This movie is one of my personal favorites because Cameron Crowe wrote this movie from genuine experience and was able to create scene’s that only someone who has truly fallen in love/obsession would understand. There is a scene that embodies this love and that is when William’s (Crowe’s fictional version of himself) sister is leaving home, to get away from their overbearing mother, and she whispers in his ear “look under his bed. It will set you free.” What he discovers underneath his bed is her records. He sees before him the iconic albums of “The Beach Boys, Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Hendrix, Cream, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and The Who,” and he goes through each one and just stares at the album’s artwork just soaking it all in. He touches each album, traces the images with his fingers and is mesmerized by their mystique just taunting him to discover the music that lies with in. They are becoming part of his identity. These are the albums that will be his foundation. They will become the soundtrack to his youth. They are the spark that ignited the fire and this is a feeling I know all too well.
I can remember this exact moment of discovery in my life but for me it wasn’t music… it was movies. I can remember going to the local video store with my dad and walking down each isle and staring at the VHS covers, soaking them all in, memorizing the actor’s faces, looking at the art and wondering what stories lie inside each box. When I was old enough to bike to the video store alone I would spend hours walking up and down each and every isle. Every isle was another world to explore.... continued. - 2 hours ago