DON'T KNOCK THE ROCK: Michael Des Barres: Who Do You Want Me To Be? (Q&A Moderated by Legs McNeil w/ Michael Des Barres & Dir. J. Elvis Weinstein in person!)

Michael Des Barres may be the most famous person you’ve never heard of. From a student in Sidney Poitier’s class in To Sir, With Love to frontman at Live Aid, from Led Zeppelin’s darling to MacGyver’s nemesis, from The Rockford Files to Seinfeld, Michael has found a way to reinvent himself, era after era, though 50+ years in entertainment. As John Taylor of Duran Duran puts it: “He’s like that Woody Allen character, Zelig- he was THERE.” Des Barres’ personal life proves to be as unusual as his career as he recounts his early years being raised in flophouses among English burlesque performers and prostitutes, his sudden transplant to upper crust English boarding schools and the world of sexual abuse that accompanied it, and on through his tumultuous marriage to the “Queen of the Groupies,” Pamela Des Barres, and his struggles with rock and roll excesses of all kinds.?? Using a wealth of archival footage and photos and told through interviews with Des Barres and a wide-ranging cast of witnesses to his fascinating life, including: Gabriel Byrne, Don Johnson, Steve Jones (Sex Pistols), John Taylor (Duran Duran), Allison Anders, Ed Begley Jr., Pamela Des Barres, and many others. J. Elvis Weinstein (Mystery Science theater 3000, Freaks and Geeks) makes his feature directorial debut.

Dir. J. Elvis Weinstein, 2014, 82 mins.

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