Wythe Hotel Harbors Fugitive Film

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A documentary about folk rocker turned fugitive Jerry McGill (right) makes its New York City premiere at the Wythe Hotel on Jan. 18. Photo: Very Extremely Dangerous

A documentary about folk rocker turned fugitive Jerry McGill (right) makes its New York City premiere at the Wythe Hotel on Jan. 18. Photo: Very Extremely Dangerous

This Saturday night, do not miss the New York premiere of Very Extremely Dangerous at the Wythe Hotel. Produced by Robert Gordon and directed by Paul Duane, the film has earned Duane a place on Variety‘s Ten Directors to Watch list. It’s the tale of Memphis musician Jerry McGill, who recorded two songs with his band The Topcoats for Sun Records back in 1959 before becoming a fugitive and spending his life on the run–his crimes include attempted murder and weapon possession, among many others. In the late ’60s and early ’70s, he toured with Waylon Jennings as the rhythm guitarist and road manager for his band using the pseudonym Curtis Buck. He even co-wrote songs like Waymore’s Blues. In 2010 he resurfaced announcing he’d been diagnosed with lung cancer and would redeem himself by recording music again. The documentary covers McGill’s career, and follows him and his partner Joyce through their current lives of drugs, booze, guns and abuse. Gordon and Duane will be in attendance for a Q&A. McGill passed away last May at the age of 73. Tickets are only $10.

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