Fans of Joe Cocker may want to head to Netflix, where a documentary on the late singer is streaming.
Joe Cocker: Mad Dog With Soul is the latest effort from British filmmaker John Edginton, whose previous works include documentaries on Genesis, Pink Floyd and Robyn Hitchcock.
Documentary filmmaker John Edginton on why he chose to make a film about Joe Cocker:
“I always loved Joe and someone who I felt was just kind of a little bit off the radar, a little bit neglected, in the pantheon of rock and roll heroes. And when I discovered that he wasn’t in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – tip offed by Billy Joel, who announced it [in] 2013 when Joe was very ill, which fell on deaf ears I have to say, and then Joe died – December 2014. I thought it was a perfect subject.”
Joe Cocker: Mad Dog With Soul features interviews with Billy Joel, Jimmy Webb, Randy Newman, Rita Coolidge, his former manager and Woodstock promoter Michael Lang, Joe’s wife Pam and many others. In addition to highlighting his rise to fame and career, it goes into great detail about his addiction to drugs and alcohol, and how Pam gave him an ultimatum — alcohol or her.
Cocker died on December 22nd, 2014 from lung cancer. He was 70.