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My guests this week are filmmakers Ian Markiewicz and Alex Hammond. They are the co-directors of Better Than Something: Jay Reatard, a film that tells the story of Memphis garage rock auteur Jay Reatard.
Told through archival footage and interviews with Jay himself, Better Than Something paints a complex and intimate picture of a musician who was often defined only by his confrontational live shows and reputation for drug fueled antics. While Jay does talk about smashing disco balls and taking drugs, he comes across as mostly a mellowed-out homebody who likes to hang out and talk about music. Jay also takes us on a tour through the poverty stricken areas of Memphis where he grew up, and discusses how he began to record his first records as a teenager .
Better Than Something was originally intended as a short. But, after Jay’s sudden death in January 2010, Ian and Alex returned to the project, conducting additional interviews with Jay’s bandmates, friends and family.
I sat down with Alex and Ian to talk about making the film, their experiences hanging out with Jay, and how growing up poor in Memphis shaped his music.
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