Jeff Beck Documentary Reveals His Life, Music and Genius

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When Eric Clapton left the Yardbirds in the mid Sixties, his replacement was a guitarist with a very different sense of musical style, technique and tone: Jeff Beck.

In his new position, Beck helped the Yardbirds carve out a musical territory of their own, away from the electric blues covers with which they had struggled to create an identity.

In the process, the Yardbirds became one of the more innovative groups of the Sixties.

The new film A Man for All Seasons traces Beck's music and career through the Sixties, from his formative influences and early to his work with the Yardbirds and the Jeff Beck Group, during which he played alongside Rod Stewart and guitarist Ron Wood.

Drawing from rare performance and studio footage, exclusive interviews, and contributions from people who worked with Beck, A Man for All Seasons provides insights into his mind and his work as a musician, writer and performer.

The film includes new interviews with the Yardbirds first manager, Giorgio Gomelsky; the man who took over from Gomelsky, colorful music biz impresario, Simon Napier Bell; Beck’s fellow Yardbirds, Jim McCarty and Chris Dreja; musical conspirators from the early Seventies, Tim Bogert and Max Middleton; the ever-shocking Pamela Des Barres (a.k.a. Miss Pamela of the GTOs); legendary music press scribes, Charles Shaar Murray and Chris Welch; Beck’s official biographer Martin Power and Uncut magazine editor, Nigel Williamson.

The film is available for pre-order here. You also can check out a five-minute trailer below.