He's With the Band

Critic-turned-filmmaker Cameron Crowe defers to the talent in Almost Famous

And yet, unto the end, William is convinced that his story will not be complete unless Russell shares with him the Secret of Rock. Who'd trust a mere critic to discern the true meaning behind the artist's music? Certainly not this critic-turned-artist behind the camera.

It reminds me of a story that a teacher friend of mine told me about discussing poetry with her ninth grade class. "Why don't we just ask the author what it means?" one student asked. The teacher smiled a little at this naive approach to lit crit. "We can't. He's dead." The kid's face dropped in horror. "Then I guess we'll never know what it means."


Almost Famous starts Friday at area theaters.

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