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Don’t Look Back (1967)

April 5th, 2012 by Anne Richardson · 1 Comment · 1960's, Oregon film, Oregon film new definition, Oregon musician

In 1967, Oregon musician Derroll Adams attended a party where the guest of honor was a singer from Hibbing, Minnesota. Little did he know he would be making an appearance in the grand daddy of all back stage rock documentaries, Don’t Look Back.

The party was in London and the guest of honor was Bob Dylan.

In the excerpt below, Dylan recognizes Adams (at 3:00 ), and tells him he remembers seeing him perform with his singing partner, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, in New York.

Then Adams introduces Dylan to his British counterpart, the singer-songwriter Donovan, who can be seen behind Dylan, below.

A short list  of the many films which reference/spoof/directly quote Don’t Look Back would include:

This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

Bob Roberts (1992)

Almost Famous (2000) Readers of Oregon Movies, A to Z recognize this as an Oregon film.

The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2005)

I’m Not There (2007) Made by a newly minted Oregonian, Todd Haynes.

Patti Smith: Dream of Life (2008)

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

Derroll Adams’ appearance in Don’t Look Back is limited to his one scene at the party, but that is no reason not to see all of D. A. Pennebaker’s wonderful portrait of young Dylan as he makes the transition from acoustic to electric, from folkie to rock star.

I hereby claim Don’t Look Back as an Oregon film on the basis of proto hipster Oregon musician Derroll Adams’ appearance in it.

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