Shakespeare Was a Big George Jones Fan: Cowboy Jack Clement's Home Movies
Reviewed by Doug Freeman, Fri., Dec. 21, 2007
Shakespeare Was a Big George Jones Fan: Cowboy Jack Clement's Home Movies(Shout! Factory)
"It ain't got no plot to it at all, just life flowin' by at 6 miles an hour," offers Cowboy Jack Clement of this surrealistic collage of home movies, interviews, and bizarre skits. Although the producer and songwriter's career mirrors some of music's most seminal moments, from his work at Sun Studios to penning and producing hits for Waylon Jennings, George Jones, and Johnny Cash, Clement's legacy may be equally entrusted to the hundreds of home videos documenting his notorious goofball antics and Nashville's biggest stars at their most candid. The hourlong Shakespeare offers only a taste, but footage such as Cash lying on A.P. Carter's grave smoking a cigarette, Bono doing his Godfather impression, and impromptu jams with Jennings, John Prine, and Del McCoury are priceless, despite the Hee Haw-styled editing. Clement's home-studio is an open house of legendary musicians, and Shakespeare is like sitting on the front porch as they jaw off tales into the night.