Born To Boogie is glamorous, surreal and very English – very much like the band it centres on, T. Rex.
This 1972 documentary is surprisingly directed by Ringo Starr (and released on The Beatles’ Apple Films). Described by many as a ‘concert film’, it offers much more than just live footage of one show. The film contains rare footage of T. Rex's Abbey Road recording sessions, and includes cameos from Starr, a rare version of Children Of The Revolution with Elton John on the piano, and unusual sequences reminiscent of the Richard Lester film Magical Mystery Tour.
One of these surreal scenes, is filmed at John Lennon’s previous estate Tittenhurst Park (where the music video for Imagine was filmed), which was sold to Starr after Lennon moved to New York in 1971.
As well as this, the film has amazing live footage from T. Rex’s Wembley Empire Pool concert, including incredible renditions of hits such as Jeepster and Get It On.
Born To Boogie offers a snapshot of T. Rex in their prime, and captures the essence of the glam rock movement - a must-see for any fan or aficionado of the early 1970s British music scene.
Screening as part of Discover Tuesdays, this Tuesday 14 June.