Sheryl Crow Documentary Shows Us Why We Shouldn’t Believe Everything We Read

Most people were introduced to Sheryl Crow through her 1993 debut album “Tuesday Night Music Club” with the hit song “All I Wanna Do.” I really noticed her while watching “Woodstock 1994” on VHS about a year after thinking that he should have fled Manhattan and attended the concert.

He was wearing bright yellow pants and singing a slow song, and I remember finding the song boring but his stage presence electrifying. Her enormous charisma is closely tied to the quality of her signature voice, which I’ve always defined as a mix of the mesmerizing nonchalance of that kind of prettiest, coolest, drum-playing, artsy girl in high school who had zero patience. to be a cheerleader, combined with the ability to make a James Brown scream, except with a seductive, silent and feminine shyness, with vicious musical skills. And guitar-hero moves. Sheryl Crow on stage at Woodstock ’94 was the epitome of a rock star, even if he wasn’t one yet.

Beginning

Sheryl Suzanne Crow, born February 11, 1962 in Kennett, Missouri, I was, like country music star Shania Twain, immersed in music from a very young age. She became an elementary school music teacher in Fenton, a St. Louis suburb, then went on to work on commercial jingles for McDonald’s and finally got a big break and went on tour (with giant ’80s hair nearly as big as she is) as a backup singer for Michael Jackson for his “Bad” world tour to Tokyo in 1987.

In 1992, he attempted a solo album, which failed. She began dating a group of Los Angeles musicians who called themselves the “Tuesday Night Music Club.” One Tuesday, she went to the library, pulled out a book of poetry, had her group of musicians play music while she recited the poem, and “All I Wanna Do” was born, a perfect example of mediocre artists borrowing, and great artists stealing. She called the original author, John O’Brien, and asked for his permission later.

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Sheryl Crow on acoustic guitar in her studio on “Sheryl”. (Show time)

However, in her first television interview, David Letterman asked her if the song was autobiographical and, being young, star-struck and nervous, she giggled “Yes!” This inadvertent moment of not giving credit where credit was due led John O’Brien to commit suicide.

This tragedy, along with a few other controversial incidents such as the death of her boyfriend Kevin Gilbert and her public fight with breast cancer (for attention? Really?) led to her having a reputation for having a tendency to wear to the people. Hearing Sheryl Crow herself tell it (and shedding tears) is realizing that we shouldn’t believe everything we read on the news.

Speaking of consumption, it’s interesting to hear the origins of her first hit “What I Can Do For You,” about first manager Frank DeLio (who was also a mobster), who promised her the world in some very creepy ways.

Crow quickly emerged as a polished singer, jack of all trades (and master of them all) to become a bona fide rock star.

middle period

Crow’s reputation for using people to get where he got is refuted by a long history of incredibly hard work that proves, over time, his level of talent as a musician, performer and producer. And once he caught up with him, he didn’t stop writing, producing, creating hits, collaborating, touring and winning awards.

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Sheryl Crow on bass, on “Sheryl.” Crow plays acoustic, electric, pedal steel and bass guitars, piano, accordion and harmonica. (Show time)

Interview subjects willingly testify to the facts, and Sheryl Crow has many friends who back her up. There’s actress Laura Dern (they shared a room briefly), Tuesday Night Music Club member Bill Bottrell, longtime manager/collaborator and friend Scooter Weintraub (who looks like actor Sam Elliott’s younger brother), fellow country musician Emmylou Harris, singer-songwriter/producer Brandi Carlile, fellow rock star Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones (who affectionately calls her “little sister” and speaks bemusedly of her ability to easily handle bossy Mick Jagger onstage), her parents Wendell and Bernice Crow, and many more.

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Failed romantic engagements are quickly addressed. Really, cyclist Lance Armstrong, who bought her a massive diamond engagement ring in the wake of her doping lie in her relentless bid for greatness in his sport, deserves little attention. Interestingly, in that little segment, the lyrics “lie to me” from his song “Are You Strong Enough to Be My Man” plays in the background.

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Sheryl Crow (L) and director Amy Scott at the South by Southwest Film Festival. (Show time)

The end

There is plenty of never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage of Crow in the studio and on the road, from 20 years on tour.

Sheryl Crow is distinctly Midwestern in her warmth, simplicity, generosity, coldness, and kindness. With the adoption of two children, Sheryl managed to have it all, in the modern sense. Reading about her career over the years, she deduced that she suffered from the depression and loneliness of life on the road, but there is no denying such a great musical talent. It just takes a lot of willpower to make it work. And that’s what aspiring musicians and artists around the world take away from this documentary: that one must ensure that one has that level of ability to work like a dog, even when sick and exhausted, before embarking on a career. potentially treacherous.

Shania Twain demonstrates the same thing in the recent documentary about her that just came out. Musicians, music fans, and casual listeners should check out both. “Sheryl” is much more rewarding, but both prove that to succeed in the American music business, just like in show business, you generally need world-class talent, looks, and an insatiable ability to work hard.

“Sheyl” is currently airing on Showtime.

promotional poster of "Sheryl." (Show time)
Promotional poster for “Sheryl”. (Show time)

‘Sheryl’
Documentary film
Director: Amy Scott
Cast: Sheryl Crow, Laura Dern, Scooter Weintraub
Duration: 1 hour, 34 minutes
Release date: May 6, 2022
Rating: 3 stars out of 5

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