To Tulsa and Back - On Tour with J. J. Cale

To Tulsa and Back - On Tour with J. J. Cale

Deutschland 2004/2005, Dokumentarfilm


"The trouble with success is that you don′t get time to go fishing" - a typical statment from J.J. Cale. Because he has always evaded too much public attention, he can still walk the streets undisturbed. Still, his sound is universally known, if only because Cale was an example for musicians like Mark Knopfler, Bryan Ferry, Neil Young and Eric Clapton. Clapton makes no secret of the fact that he admires J.J. Cale. Together with his idol, he gives a concert in Dallas.

In To Tulsa and Back, the now 65-year-old singer-songwriter, who enriched pop music with songs like After Midnight, Cocaine and Call Me the Breeze, does not shun the camera. Cale goes back to the origins of the so-called "Tulsa Sound", of which he is considered the founding father. The film makes clear that the laid-back guitar sound and restrained singing is in line with Cale′s personality: an unusually relaxed rock musician, averse to bragging. He tells about his childhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma, his wild years in psychedelic California, and his life in the studio, on stage and on the road. All this is interlaced with archival footage, impressions of a recent concert tour and awe-inspiring images of American landscapes.

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Director:Jörg Bundschuh
Screenplay:Jörg Bundschuh
Director of photography:Roland Wagner
Editing:Carmen Kirchweger
Production company:Kick Film & Fernsehproduktions GmbH (München)
Producer:Jörg Bundschuh

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Originaltitel (DE) To Tulsa and Back - On Tour with J. J. Cale



Length:88 min
Format:DigiBeta, 16:9
Picture/Sound:Farbe + s/w, Stereo
Screening:Uraufführung: 27.10.2005, Hof, Internationale Filmtage;
TV-Erstsendung: 20.08.2006, Bayern 3