Very Extremely Dangerous – 2 October, Southend

At 8pm on Thursday, 2 October, I'll be hosting a screening of the feature-length documentary film Very Extremely Dangerous, complete with a Q&A with director Paul Duane. The screening is at METAL Southend, Chalkwell Hall, Chalkwell Park, Southend-on-Sea, SS0 8NB. (See Metal's "Feelgood Cafe" site for further information.) Jerry McGill, aka Curtis Buck: rhythm guitarist to Waylon Jennings; Sun Records artist; Memphis fixture; “crazy sonofabitch” and the last American outlaw, is 70. Three jail terms behind him and staring death in the face, he gets one last chance at musical immortality – will he take it, or will he go out in a blaze of guns, police, drugs and ragged glory? Irish director Paul Duane’s film, Very Extremely Dangerous, follows McGill, described by The Paris Review as “somewhere between stock villain and reality TV star”, following a diagnosis of terminal cancer. McGill’s back on the road, playing live after a hiatus of 25 years, and in search of some kind of redemption. It’s a portrait as terrifying and sobering as it is sometimes affecting. Oxford American wrote a great piece on the film, if you want more info, or just come on out Thursday!

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