Another documentary soaked in the beery, living-on-the-edges world of workaday rock 'n' roll is Canadian filmmaker Eileen Yaghoobian's Died Young Stayed Pretty. An ambitious film that spans several decades and took four years to complete, it attempts to encapsulate the dynamic, ephemeral and often-contradictory world of the live show poster, where visual artists pour their often-substantial creative gifts into advertising a one-time even that will take no longer than a few hours and be forgotten almost as soon as it happens. Unsurprisingly, the film is a pleasure to listen to; its soundtrack is a jumping compilation of some of the best contemporary bands on the continent, providing a perfect musical accompaniement to the flickering images of street art that accompnay their shows.
Well, it's time for me to end the evening the way all true rock and rollers do: a careful, sober drive back down the I-35, a glass of hot tea with honey and lemon, and 12 hours of sleep. Later, I'll meet up with the rest of the AV Club crew, and explain patiently to their attentive ears how things used to be back in my day. Rock on completely, and I'll see you tomorrow!