Watch "AKA Doc Pomus", a documentary about a fascinating musician

Here's the description from the Regent Theatre website:

Jerome Solon Felder was the most unlikely of rock & roll icons. Paralyzed with polio as a child, Brooklyn-born Jerome Felder reinvented himself first as a blues singer, renaming himself Doc Pomus, then emerged as a one of the most brilliant songwriters of the early rock and roll era, writing “Save the Last Dance for Me,” “This Magic Moment,” “A Teenager in Love,” “Viva Las Vegas,” and dozens of other hits.

For most of his life Doc was confined to crutches and a wheelchair, but he lived more during his sixty-five years than others could experience in several lifetimes. A.K.A. DOC POMUS brings to life Doc’s joyous, romantic, heartbreaking, and extraordinarily eventful journey.

In his later years, Doc was a mentor to generations of younger songwriters, and a fierce advocate for downtrodden rhythm and blues musicians. He wrote a thousand songs – including some of the most recorded songs in the history of popular music – but his most lasting gift may have been his uniquely generous spirit. “If the music industry had a heart,” the record producer Jerry Wexler remembered, “it would be Doc Pomus.” Packed with incomparable music and rare archival imagery, A.K.A. DOC POMUS features interviews with Doc’s collaborators and friends, including Dr. John, Ben E. King, Joan Osborne, Shawn Colvin, Dion, Leiber and Stoller, and B.B. King. Passages from Doc’s private journals are read by his close friend, Lou Reed. Doc Pomus’ gripping life story makes for a powerful and lively film that introduces this unique American character to a new, much wider circle of admirers.

This is a one-night only event, and the director will be present to answer questions.

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  • Joan B.

    A thoroughly enjoyable evening.

    December 13, 2013

  • jonathan

    I didn't know who Doc Pomus was. but much of what he created, touched and influenced is of interest and importance to me. Many hanks for the introduction, Jim and Leyland.

    December 12, 2013

  • M L

    If you missed it tonight, be sure to check with the arlington "Regent" theatre to see when it will be back in January. If you don't think you know who Doc Pomus is, think again. Wonderful film; great talk with the Lexington filmaker...don't miss it. Let your friends know. M L

    A.K.A Doc Pomus - Official Movie Trailer 2012 - YouTube (Preview)

    1 · December 12, 2013

  • Pat

    Dinner reservation at Sweet Chili's is for 6 pm, under 'Pat', for 3-4 people. Thanks for 'breaking bread' with me before the movie! I look forward to meeting everyone.

    December 12, 2013

    • Joan B.

      I have decided to come directly from work so I should be able to join you.

      December 12, 2013

    • Pat

      Great Joan ~ I've included you in the dinner reservation.

      December 12, 2013

  • jonathan

    Even when it disappoints, going native at the slightly beat Regent's "one night onlys" (often with the filmmakers, no less) is worth any number of $100 million piles of poop thrown at the wall by the local googol-plex. Screenings at the Regent are socio-artistico-politico-cultural events, not mere of-an-evening diversions. Bourgeois considerations of creature comfort verges on the counter-revolutionary. Viva!

    December 12, 2013

  • M L

    i will try to make it tonight. the film sounds interesting and fun. i would also like to know what is the "web women" meetup about?
    and what Jim experienced in Tibet...so might be interesting meetup altogether

    December 12, 2013

  • Joan B.

    I don't get home (to Watertown) until 5:30 and I don't know what time I'll be able to get to Arlington but if things work out I'll try to join you for dinner. But don't wait for me.

    December 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm not sure if this is what April is referring to, but just so everyone knows, a number of people found it a bit chilly in the Regent Theatre the other night. So be sure to bring a sweater or something warm.

    1 · December 11, 2013

  • Pat

    Hi fellow Attendees .. I'll be arriving early to dine at 6 pm at Sweet Chilis Restaurant, just around the corner & across Mass Ave from the Regent. Feel free to join me if you wish to enjoy your own dinner there with me before the movie. Thanks for hosting, Jim!

    December 10, 2013

    • Rachel F

      I will join up for dinner as well as the movie.

      December 11, 2013

    • Pat

      Excellent, thank you both for letting me know. I'll make a reservation.. Anyone else The more the merrier.

      December 11, 2013

  • April F.

    HATE the cold so if I can 'screw [my] courage to the sticking-place and find my long-johns, I'll be there. Pretty iffy, though.

    December 11, 2013

  • Mark

    Hi,
    This sounds really interesting. I am stopping by another meetup earlier so I'm unsure if I will make it on time but my intention is to get there.-Mark

    December 10, 2013

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