John Cale
Fear Is A Man's Best Friend - John Cale

John Cale on screen


John Cale

B&W/colour. 60 min

Director: James Marsh (1998)

This documentary is a portrait of his life and times. It won a BAFTA award.

Filmed in Garnant, Wales, New York and Rotterdam. Contains interviews with Cale, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, Chris Spedding, Maureen Tucker, La Monte Young, biographer Victor Bockris, choreographer Ed Wubbe et al.

Cale talks througout the documentary with music journalist Victor Bockris. They were working on What's Welsh For Zen autobiography at the time.

Cale's parents

Interesting behind the scenes material rehearsing with the Ice Nine ensemble for the world premiere of Dance Music in Rotterdam, Fall 1997.

Contains live footage of Heartbreak Hotel - filmed at Rockpalast, Essen, Germany, October 14, 1984, Ship Of Fools and Memphis at The Knitting Factory, New York, USA, March 1997.

The house where John Cale was born

Released on DVD in 2006 as John Cale: An Exploration of His Life and Music.

© 1999- Hans Werksman