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|Regie:||Sigrun Köhler und Wiltrud Baier (Böller & Brot)|
|Laufzeit:||Approx. 90 min.|
|FSK:||From 0 years|
In the band "Mothers of Invention" at Frank Zappa's side Jimmy Carl Black was something like a superstar. He was regarded as one of the best drummers in the world and played in front of sold-out houses. But after Zappa had dissolved the band, the success disappeared. In addition to music, Black and his musician colleague Arthur Brown ran a painting business for many years. In 1997 the drummer noticed at a concert in Traunstein that he still seems to have a very special effect on his female fans. In front of the stage stood 20 years younger Moni, who adored him all the time. And so it came to a very private rendezvous after the concert, as it is not uncommon for many rock musicians to live on tour. But the story took a very unusual turn with Jimmy Carl Black, who used to be called "The Indian oft he Group": he married his Moni and moved to her in the small Bavarian village Höpfling.
How does a musician from El Paso live in the Bavarian province? How does it feel to have to go on tour at retirement age in order to earn a little money, since even in the most successful phase of his career there was never any real wealth? These are questions that the filmmakers Sigrun Köhler and Wiltrud Baier, known as Böller & Brot, pursue in their documentary "Where`s the Beer and when do we get paid". For two years they accompanied Jimmy Carl Black with the camera until his death in 2008, had long conversations with him and his former companions and captured numerous amusing, but also movingly honest and a little disillusioning snapshots, which show one thing in particular: even drawn by cancer and in the face of his approaching death Jimmy Carl Black has never lost his very special humor.
When Black talks about the German dubbing of American films ("They can't do John Wayne in German"), his love for Tarantino's "Kill Bill", for example reveals or reveals that he drinks a cup of green tea every day because his wife forces him to, although he actually hates tea, when he shares his knowledge about drumsticks with the camera with a very dry sense of humor or when he burns and packs his CDs he complains about the fact that Sony have machines that do this Sch… for them, then the viewer really has the feeling of being offered a very honest, unadulterated insight into the life of the musician. At first glance, this might seem a bit trivial at first glance, as there isn't really much happening. But it is precisely this unstaged, rather unspectacular normality that makes up the charm of the documentary.
While some other aspects, such as the interviews with two other former members of the "Mothers of Invention", who can never remember the names of the artists they want to tell something about, are very amusing and successful, the decision to talk to the inhabitants of Höpfling ("Rockmusik? Yes, san me with the junkies, or what") only to lay under longer shots of the Bavarian idyll of nature, in the long run as something tough and tiring. The contrast between the life of the aging rock musician and the provincial dulcimer and trembler lovers is not shown to advantage enough.
Nevertheless "Where`s the Beer and when do we get paid" has enough wit, charm and heart at the end to make the documentary especially worth seeing for fans of the musician. But also to all others who are interested in entertaining, interesting and amusing portraits, this mixture of homeland film and music documentary can be recommended!
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