Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell

Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell
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Wild Combination explores the life and the strange, dreamy music of experimental cellist, Arthur Russell. With interviews from his family, friends and colleagues, using archive footage and drama reconstructions, this film is a compelling and emotional portrait of Russell who may be one of the most important musicians you’ve never heard of. Russell, at just 16 years old, ran away from his rural home in small town Iowa to find himself and to discover late 60s progressive America – first in a Buddhist commune in San Francisco and later in New York City where he spent time with Beat artists and poets including Allen Ginsberg. As he developed his music, Russell explored and immersed himself in rock, early disco and more minimalist experimental and electronic music forms, combining them all to push their boundaries and make his own unique, category-defying work. As is so often the case with artistic geniuses, Russell was difficult to work with, notoriously uncompromising and such a per

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