Every week, Wondering Sound contributor Ami Armstrong recommends a music film available to stream.
Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him?) is a well-crafted survey of the musician’s life and career as an artist who creatively influenced, morally corrupted and fiercely supported those close to him (especially John Lennon).
“Harry would turn up at your door at 4 o’clock in the morning and you kind of knew the next three days of your life were gonna be an adventure,” Nilsson’s friend and attorney Bruce Grakal says. The sentiment is echoed by other interviewees like Micky Dolenz, Ringo Starr and the late Robin Williams, who refers to the stories from their lost weekends as “Harrytales.”
Nilsson, who died of heart failure in 1994, never reached the enduring popularity of his contemporaries. He was equal parts talented and self-destructive — attributes that don’t pair well in the long run, but can make for a compelling narrative.
Watch the trailer below: