Radiohead in Meeting People is Easy
Dir. Grant Gee. 1998, 99 mins. 35mm. With Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O’Brien.
A kaleidoscopic collection of backstage footage, band interviews, music video clips, and concert recordings from Radiohead’s 1997 OK Computer world tour, Meeting People is Easy perfectly captures the schizophrenic nature of rock-and-roll superstardom. Moments of frenetic activity are followed by long stretches of tedium as the band travels from one city to the next. Over the course of 104 performances, the film charts the band’s growing apprehension towards the price of celebrity and their increasing disillusionment with the rigors of touring across the fragmented, media-saturated, postindustrial landscape.
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