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BBC – Glen Campbell: The Rhinestone Cowboy (2013) 1of2 The Rhinestone Cowboy

BBC Glen Campbell 1of2 The Rhinestone Cowboy

Documentary telling Glen Campbell’s life story, from impoverished childhood in Arkansas through success as a guitarist and singer with records like Wichita Lineman and Rhinestone Cowboy. It is a story of success, disgrace and redemption as rich as any of the storylines in his most famous songs. A self-taught prodigy on the guitar, by his mid-20s Campbell was one of the top session guitarists in LA, but he wanted to make it under his own name, and in 1967 he found his distinctive country pop sound with hits like Gentle on My Mind and By the Time I Get to Phoenix. Over the following ten years he had huge mainstream success, but his private life was in turmoil – divorce, drink and drugs saw this clean-cut all-American hero fall from grace. However, in the 2000s he remarried, started a new family and renewed his Christian faith, and musically was rediscovered by a new generation. Therefore the diagnosis with Alzheimer’s in 2011 was all the more poignant.

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