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Townes Van Zandt: Be Here to Love Me For all the calm, craggy beauty of his songs, country-folkie Van Zandt was tormented and self-destructive — a dichotomy that informs Margaret...Townes Van Zandt: Be Here to Love MeDocumentary For all the calm, craggy beauty of his songs, country-folkie Van Zandt was tormented and self-destructive — a dichotomy that informs Margaret...2006-04-04Palm Pictures
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Townes Van Zandt: Be Here to Love Me

Genre: Documentary; Director: Margaret Brown; Status: In Season; Distributor: Palm Pictures

For all the calm, craggy beauty of his songs, country-folkie Van Zandt was tormented and self-destructive — a dichotomy that informs Margaret Brown’s artful doc Townes Van Zandt: Be Here to Love Me. One minute we see Van Zandt playing a ruminative tune; the next, we hear tales of drug taking, glue sniffing, and career sabotage. Although it doesn’t explain why Van Zandt, who died in 1997, was such a screwup, this is still the cinematic equivalent of a beautifully tragic folk ballad.

COOL CURIO Heartbreaking home movies of baby Townes.

Originally posted April 4 2006 — 12:00 AM EDT

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