Rod McKuen - A Man Alone (Rockumentary) (R.I.P.)

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The Dutch filmmaker Arjan Vlakveld has followed Rod McKuen for two years to make this documentary. Therefore he visited Rod at his house in Beverly Hills, California. Also there were made recordings during a concert in Phoenix, Arizona.

In the documentary are recordings of an performance of Rod in 1971 in Holland, by occasion of the action “Geef Gezondheid”. (Give Health)Rod sings (parts of) “Soldiers Who Want To Be Heroes”, “If You Go Away”, “Seasons In The Sun” “The Far West”, “A Boy Named Charlie brown”, “Building My Home Upon A Rock”, “Love’s Been Good To Me”, “I’ll Catch The Sun”, “A Single Man” “A Man Alone”,In the film also appear Frank Sinatra and Petula Clark, with whom Rod has worked together a lot.


Rodney Marvin "Rod" McKuen (April 29, 1933 – January 29, 2015) was an American poet, songwriter, composer, and singer. He was one of the best-selling poets in the United States during the late 1960s. Throughout his career, McKuen produced a wide range of recordings, which included popular music, spoken word poetry, film soundtracks, and classical music. He earned two Oscar nominations and one Pulitzer nomination for his serious music compositions. McKuen's translations and adaptations of the songs of Jacques Brel were instrumental in bringing the Belgian songwriter to prominence in the English-speaking world. His poetry deals with themes of love, the natural world, and spirituality, and his thirty books of poetry have sold millions of copies. 

McKuen lived in Southern California with his brother and four cats in a large rambling Spanish house built in 1928, which housed one of the world's largest private record collections. He died of respiratory arrest, a result of pneumonia, at a hospital in Beverly Hills, California, on January 29, 2015.

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