'Clarence Clemons: Who Do I Think I Am?'
(Clarence Clemons, Jake Clemons, Nils Lofgren, Bill Clinton, Joe Walsh, et al / Blu-ray + DVD / NR / 2019 / Virgil Films - MVD Visual)
Overview: After Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's marathon 'Rising Tour' came to an end in 2003, Clarence Clemons felt like he needed a break.
So he packed up his saxophone and voyaged to China, where he could be more-or-less a nameless traveler in a foreign land.
This incredible, and so revealing new documentary 'Who Do I Think I Am?' continued to follow Clarence after China and document his transcendent awakening and then tragedy struck; for whilst in Florida, Clarence suffered a stroke and passed away aged just 69.
Blu-ray Verdict: Simply put, having passed away (too early) eight years ago from a stroke, the legendary saxophonist Clarence Clemons now gets his time back in the spotlight with his very own documentary, 'Who Do I Think I Am?' (out now via MVD Visual).
This wondrously revealing, and endlessly fascinating new documentary (that runs for a lovely 90 minutes) focuses on Clemons' four-decade-long career as Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s beloved sax player, whilst at the same time stars and even a former President alike talk about him as if he were still sat there in the room.
Directed by Clemons’ friend, Nick Mead (director of the narrative films 'Bank Robber' and 'Swing', as well as another doc 'The Colony') it chronicles his mass of artistic achievements and at the same time examines the musician’s so-called “transcendent awakening” and burgeoning spiritual life before his 2011 death.
Also known as "The Big Man", sax player Clemons was obviously best known for his stage persona, but what this documentary tries to do (and succeeds, might I add) is showcase a whole other side of him that not too many other saw when he was away from a stage.
"It's an intimate portrait of a man who searched for enlightenment at the unknowingly final years of his life" explains producer Joe Amodei. Indeed, and with that in mind, having just watched it twice through, back to back, I can honestly say that this new documentary is way more than just a document of Clemons' stage time - but is lovingly embedded in his burgeoning spiritual journey too.
It's biography for his life and a love letter and farewell from those that knew him best, that's for damn sure. Watch it today and become instantly converted within the ways of Clarence Clemons, my friends.
Featuring interviews with former President Bill Clinton, Joe Walsh, E Street Band member Nils Lofgren, Clemens’ nephew Jake Clemons, and others, 'Who Do I Think I Am?' it's actually one of Clemons' very own quotes that gets the most attention here: "Find your own true destiny and purpose in this life, while the book is still open." Amen, my brother. Amen.
This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs with 5.1 Surround Sound and comes with a DVD of the documentary also.