Joe Cocker

The life of the late rocker Joe Cocker will be examined in the documentary, “Joe Cocker: Mad Dog with Soul” by John Edginton, on January 27 at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Redfield Auditorium as part of the Woods Hole Film Festival’s Dinner & A Movie series.

The Woods Hole Film Festival Dinner & A Movie series continues Saturday, January 27, at 7:30 PM with the music documentary “Joe Cocker: Mad Dog with Soul” by John Edginton.

Dinner & A Movie is a monthly series of independent films presented at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Redfield Auditorium at 45 Water Street. The selections include films from the most recent Woods Hole Film Festival, as well as films curated specifically for the series. The series is part of the festival’s year-round independent film program.

Mr. Edginton’s feature-length documentary portrays the turbulent life of the late Joe Cocker, a longtime soul and blues singer. A former gas fitter from Sheffield, Joe Cocker was catapulted to world stardom in 1969 at Woodstock with his performance of the Beatles song, “With a Little Help from My Friends.” His 1970 “Mad Dogs and Englishmen” tour of America is now seen as a milestone in rock history. But as his stardom increased, the pressures mounted and, in the 1970s, Joe Cocker’s inner demons nearly killed him. The film documents how the singer overcame his struggles with alcohol and drugs to rebuild his reputation as what Billy Joel would describe as “one of the great primal rock and roll vocalists of all time.”

The film mixes Joe Cocker’s own words with rare archive footage. His family, friends and the songwriters and musicians he collaborated with tell Joe Cocker’s story. The film includes performance footage throughout.

Filmmaker John Edginton is a multi-award-winning director and producer also known for his music documentary “Pink Floyd: The Story of ‘Wish You Were Here.’ ” He will return this summer as a filmmaker-in-residence at the 27th Woods Hole Film Festival.

Tickets to the screening are $14 per person, $12 for Woods Hole Film Festival members, and $10 for students or veterans and are on sale in advance at or at the door. Doors open at 7 PM and the screening starts at 7:30. On the night of the screening, ticket holders can receive discounts and special offers at Captain Kidd Restaurant, Quicks Hole Tavern, and Water Street Kitchen and Public House. Restaurant purchases are separate from the film ticket. Contact individual restaurants directly for reservations or for further information.

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