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Sunday, August 26, 2012

'Inventing David Geffen': American Masters Documentary Preview Trailer Clips

Now this came as quite a surprise.

American Masters: Inventing David Geffen, premiers nationally on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 on PBS. PBS' PR says "it’s an unflinching portrait of Geffen, who narrates his unorthodox rise from working class Brooklyn boy to billionaire entertainment power broker in extensive interviews."

And look who's being interviewed -- Neil Young. Elliot Roberts. Gary Burden. And many others, including Steven Spielberg, Barry Diller, Tom Hanks, Arianna Huffington, Rahm Emanuel and the late Nora Ehpron.

Afterall, David Geffen in the 1980's filed a $3 million lawsuit against Neil Young for violating his contract by recording ‘unrepresentative’ albums. In other words, Neil Young wasn’t making Neil Young music."The truth is I fought with him because I wanted him to do better work,'' Mr. Geffen explained afterward. ''I was taking too much of a fatherly role in his life.'' Only David Geffen could describe a lawsuit against one of his trophy clients as an excess of paternalism.

Described by friends, peers and adversaries as “passionate,” “neurotic” and “giftedly non-diplomatic", Geffen has been a highly polarizing figure in the Entertainment industry.

From Documentary Press Tour:
Geffen, who is on tape suggesting "ego" isn't a "pejorative" term in his mind, insists he never saw himself as the smartest person in the room at any point during his career, revealing that he did poorly in school -- “I thought I was dumb,” he said -- and was fired from a number of early jobs coming out of high school. In fact, he said the only reason he had the confidence to go after a gig as a William Morris agent is because he believed it rewarded a different skill set, and one that he had: the ability to “bullshit on the phone.”

(Other Geffen facts: He’s never carried a cell phone, has never texted anyone and doesn’t own an ATM card.)

More on How Neil Young Became the First Artist to Get Sued for Not Being Himself.

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At 8/26/2012 05:27:00 PM, Blogger Robert said...

Looking forward to seeing this

At 8/26/2012 08:39:00 PM, Blogger said...

Ahmet invented David Geffen...just reminding everyone.

At 8/27/2012 04:52:00 AM, Blogger peter d. said...

While Neil Young and Don Henley opened up for PBS about the music industry giant, Dylan stayed mum."
American Masters creator Susan Lacy told THR there was only one person who wouldn't talk: Bob Dylan.
Lacy admits she hounded Neil Young and Don Henley about Geffen, and both conceded, but knew better than to badger Dylan."

At 8/27/2012 12:56:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

plus he's a turd burglar and a so-called 1%'er...

At 8/28/2012 12:03:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Unflinching" and "P.B.S." should never be in the same sentence unless its a documentary about Bush and Cheney. Then they'll go all out to find 'the truth' if if they have to make it up!

Seriously, does anyone think Geffen is going to be treated less than deferentially? Ain't gonna happen.

At 8/28/2012 12:24:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right on - P.B.S. is has some decent programming, but mostly it's all far left rot gut gargage such as America hating Bill Moyers, etc. P.B.S. is right up there with N.P.R. - National Panhandler Radio subsidized by the taxpayers to promote more government ad naseum...

At 8/28/2012 01:14:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

RNC trolls? Or jusy Neanderthals? Give it up guys. You lost. We are not going back to the Stone Age. Women in particular have learned alot this year about who stands with us and who would trample us, and we'll remember.

At 8/28/2012 06:34:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Indeed - shame on all of those Republicans who are trying to protect innocent little babies from being killed before they reach the starting line of life on Earth.

Of course, turd burglar David Geffen never had to worry about that - ya know - considering his 'Act of Love' and all...

At 8/31/2012 11:06:00 AM, Blogger Sandy Horne said...

Huh??? (she scratches her head, wondering how, yet again, a thread is Hi-jacked by Anon, who this time manages to tie in dead babies and David Geffen)

At 8/31/2012 10:51:00 PM, Blogger Mother Nature on the Run said...

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