2012   USA The Doobie Brothers: Let the Music Play
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Director:Barry Ehrmann
Writer:Rachel Benson, Barry Ehrmann
IMDb Rating:7.3 (37 votes)
Genre:Documentary, TV Movie
Duration:99 min
Barry Ehrmann  ...  (Director)
Rachel Benson, Barry Ehrmann  ...  (Writer)
Jeffrey Baxter  ...  Himself
Bruce R. Cohn  ...  Himself (as Bruce Cohn)
Lara Johnston  ...  Herself
Tom Johnston  ...  Himself
Michael McDonald  ...  Himself
John McFee  ...  Himself
Tiran Porter  ...  Himself
Joel Selvin  ...  Himself
Patrick Simmons  ...  Himself
Ted Templeman  ...  Himself
James Yukich  ...  Editor
Jamie Yukich  ...  Editor
Comments: Doc's form follows the band's three act life from radio friendly biker rock hippies through adult contemporary schlock to grey haired nostalgia. If you like Michael McDonald (act II) you'll enjoy more of this than I did. For me the Doobies were all about Tom Johnston. The only good thing about Act II was Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, who MM got booted from the band because he played guitar like he was on acid. Thanks, Jeff!

If you like their music the doc does tell their story well, and it turns out they were, and still are, swell guys--a lot less pathetic than most rock geezers.

Summary: "Let The Music Play" is the authorized story of The Doobie Brothers from their beginnings as a biker band in California in 1970, through their breakthrough with "Listen To The Music" in 1972, sustained success and line-up changes in the mid-seventies and their change of musical direction and further success following the arrival of Michael McDonald in 1976. Worn out by non-stop touring and internal disagreements the band broke up after a "farewell" concert in 1982. There were sporadic reunions in the eighties before the band reformed permanently in the early nineties and have continued touring and recording ever since. This new film features contributions from all the surviving key band members, their manager Bruce Cohn and long term producer Ted Templeman to tell the full story of the band's highs and lows through four decades of musical evolution.

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