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 Brown's artful doc… 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 Brown's artful doc…
DVD Review

Townes Van Zandt: Be Here to Love Me

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Genre: Documentary; 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 Mar 31, 2006 Published in issue #871 Apr 07, 2006 Order article reprints
Advertisement

From Our Partners