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As music legend Glen Campbell enters the final stages of Alzheimer’s disease, his family is giving the world a rare glimpse inside his battle with the disease.
From the producer of 'Walk the Line'..
In 2011, when Glen Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, he joined forces with his family to fight the biggest battle of his life. Glen and his wife, Kim, made history by going public with the diagnosis – the first time a major American celebrity would share this experience with the world. The Campbell family then embarked on a short “Goodbye Tour,” but the three-week engagement turned into an emotional and triumphant 151-show nationwide tour de force.
This epic human drama about the undying bond between Glen and Kim, and their unwavering caring for each other, chronicles a story of love, resilience and the power of song.
GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME is the true tale of how America’s greatest country star would not give up his music or his family, against all odds.
The film features those who know and love Glen, including Bruce Springsteen, Bill Clinton, The Edge, Paul McCartney, Jay Leno, Vince Gill, Jimmy Webb, Blake Shelton, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Steve Martin, Chad Smith and Taylor Swift among many others. Rare vintage footage and extraordinary new performances of Glen’s most beloved hits immerse this moving cinematic account in the overwhelming talent of this humble family man. With joy and a tireless sense of humor, Glen and his family live each moment in the present while preparing for the future, all while playing their music to sold out venues on a star spangled voyage spanning the country from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl.
Check out the trailer:
The Rhinestone Cowboy...
Glen Campbell’s musical and entertainment career, covering nearly five decades, is unmatched for its prolific breadth, popular appeal – and flat-out musical accomplishment and achievement. His guitar playing is legendary and can be heard on classic tracks from Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds, to Frank Sinatra’s, Strangers in the Night.
As a solo artist, Glen has recorded some of the most beloved songs of his generation including Gentle On My Mind, Galveston and Rhinestone Cowboy. He has been awarded five Grammy Awards and three Grammy Hall of Fame honors, seven Academy of Country Music awards, a Pioneer Award recognition, three American Music Awards, two Country Music Association Awards and three Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005. Glen Campbell has crossed the boundary between pop and country and transcended into a true musical icon.
In 2011, Glen was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and with the help of his wife and family decided to face the illness head on. He announced publicly about his battle with Alzheimer’s and then released his album Ghost on the Canvas and began his “Goodbye Tour.” On Feb 12, 2012 Glen performed on the Grammy Awards, to an audience of 39 million people, and was given the distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award.
You NEED to see this movie! Period. It is such a LOVING tribute to a literal legend. I feel like I grew up with Glen as a constant in the soundtrack of my life) I KNOW I drove my mother nuts singing "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Southern Nights" around the house. Seeing this film was a reminder of all those wonderful memories, and just how AMAZINGLY talented Glen was- perfect tone, writer, singer, musician, actor.
Seeing how Glen kept his humor, knowing he was loosing his memory, was perhaps the most joyful, and most saddest thought, at the same time. Seeing how his family surrounded him, supported him (3 of his kids (Ashley, Cal and Shannon) played in his band, and were on tour with him). Choosing to go on and support his album, and to bring awareness to Alzheimer's, was truly just another aspect of how wonderful of a man Glen is. I think to me one of the most poignant scenes in the movie is Glen and his daughter Ashley (who is JUST as talented as Glen it appears) sing Lovesick Blues, on their tour bus. The love and talent just shown through that small clip.Then seeing her later in the film breaking down while speaking at a Senate hearing, while talking about the memories of them he's lost, is the moment when most while be grabbing for the kleenex. It's the fear that every child has when they hear their parent is diagnosed with Alzheimers. Her song, Daddy I'll Remember is so pointed and perfect about the experience.
Hearing from other musicians about how they dealt with their parents, especially Kathy Mattea, and grandparents, fighting the disease, brings home HOW widespread the disease is, and how it universally affects us all.You will be amazed constantly during this film- at how well Glen was able to do- how the music stayed with him even as simple things left his brain, at how well his family was able to cope, at the outpouring of LOVE from the fans. But you can see the decline, and as compassionate people, we can understand how they finally had to make the choice 2 months ago to place Glen in an Alzheimer's unit.
The film releases nationwide (in phases), check out the movie website to find a location in your area. Be sure to check out Glen's last recorded single- "I'm Not Gonna Miss You"- it is a loving tribute to those who stand by and support loved ones with Alzheimer's:
I've got a 5 song EP soundtrack from the film for you, to celebrate the film!
This soundtrack EP features Glen Campbell, Ashley Campbell, and The Band Perry.
This giveaway ends in 11 days, so hurry and enter!