Full-length documentary about deceased musician Jay Reatard due this year

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
January 12th, 2011

With tomorrow marking the one year anniversary of the death of garage rock musician Jay Reatard, the singer and songwriter’s official fan club is marking the occasion by teasing a bevy of new material to be released. Included amongst promises of new releases and a new tee shirt? News of a full-length Reatard documentary. Though we don’t know more beyond that, it’s certainly interesting to speculate on what we might see from such a doc, especially about such a passionate and often controversial figure.

The mystery surrounding Reatard’s (birth name: Jimmy Lee Lindsay, Jr.) death, combined with the young musician’s prodigious talent and large output of music should make for plenty of doc fodder. The Tennessee-born talent played in a number of bands (the best known including The Reatards and Lost Sounds), while also penning songs for many other projects. Though he never reached anything resembling mainstream status, Reatard has a dedicated following of fans, and his death effected them immensely.

Back in 2009, Alex Hammond and Ian Markiewicz made a short doc about Reatard called WAITING FOR SOMETHING. The film showcases Reatard talking about a number of things, such as vinyl and his favorite musicians. There is also live footage from shows. It may give us a small glimpse of what to expect from the new doc, so I have embedded it for your viewing pleasure after the break.

Source Stereogum and Jay Reatard, via Pitchfork

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