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Eric Burdon - Rock'n'roll Animal
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AUTEUR(S)-RÉALISATEUR(S)

Hannes Rossacher

PRODUCTION / DIFFUSION

Kobalt Productions GmbH

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Kobalt Productions GmbH

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Monstre sacré du rock anglais, Eric Burdon débute sa carrière dans les rues de Newcastle, sa ville natale. Il connaît son premier succès international en 1964 avec le groupe The Animals, grâce à leur célébrissime reprise de la chanson populaire House of the Rising Sun. La suite de son parcours ne ressemble pourtant en rien à un long fleuve tranquille. Rebelle et anticonformiste, réfractaire aux exigences de l’industrie musicale, Eric Burdon peine à se hisser au rang de superstar. À la fin des années 1960, il opère un changement de cap et s’associe au groupe afro-américain War – un engagement politique lourd de sens, en plein mouvement pour les droits civiques aux États-Unis, où il s'est installé. Aujourd’hui, il reste, aux côtés de Paul McCartney, de Bob Dylan et des Rolling Stones, l'un des derniers représentants actifs de la première vague du rock anglais des sixties. Hannes Rossacher retrace la vie tumultueuse de cet artiste haut en couleur au fil d’entretiens réalisés à Los Angeles, San Francisco et Newcastle. Cette grande voix du rock livre un récit touchant de ses échecs, de ses succès et de ses combats.

Eric Burdon and the Animals were – right after The Beatles and ahead of The Rolling Stones, The Who and The Kinks – one of the most important standart bearers of the British Invasion of America: their 1964 version of House of the Rising Sun was the first of a series of global hits. Eric Burdon is a street kid from Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He burnt the midnight oil in the nightclubs on the docks. Burdon's voice was his ticket to escape that bleak industrial destiny, and his song We Gotta Get Out of His Place went on to inspire Bruce Springsteen to write Born to Run. Alongside his lifelong passion for original American Blues Burdon regularly changed both his band and musical style. After appearing as one of the headliners at the original Monterey Pop Festival he suspended the Animals and got together with the black LA band WAR – itself a political statement in the Black Panther area of the late 60s – and, inspired by Charlie Parker, John Coltrane and Rahsaan Roland Kirk, expanded his musical spectrum with jazz and funk. Burdon was involved in discovering Jimi Hendrix in Greenwich Village and they remained friends right up to the literal end (the pair spent the night before Jimi's death together). Eric Burdon's creative output has made him an important and profoundly authentic contributer to popular culture. Together with Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones, he counts as one of that legendary generation's last men standing. Eric Burdon is not only first generation british rock but also a great storyteller full of personal anectodes about Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix and many more. He talks about the rivalry with the Rolling Stones in the early days of the Crawdaddy Club and about his roots in American Blues and Bo Diddely. This film conveys the Zeitgeist of the 60s and 70s, whilst revealing Eric Burdon's personal vision and moving us all with his retrospective ruminations on triumph and failure.