Directed by Morgan Neville | USA | 2010 | 101min | (Q&A)
This engaging documentary focuses on the Los Angeles music scene from the late 1960s to the early ‘70s, centered at the legendary Troubadour in West Hollywood. James Taylor and Carole King are featured as they look back, play together again, and reflect on the music world and their lives within it. By the late 1960s, there was an increasingly popular emphasis on singer-songwriters. James Taylor, Carole King, Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Bonnie Raitt, Kris Kristofferson, Steve Martin, Elton John and many more interviewed in this film brought an authenticity to their music with lyrics that were often very personal. The center of this musical blossoming was Doug Weston’s Troubadour.
Director Morgan Neville has an extensive music filmography, and in this film he shows rare archival footage from Troubadour performances, especially those of Taylor and King. As a portrait of both the music and an era, TROUBADOURS celebrates timeless music and its creators. - Betsy Cramer