Joe Cocker Mad Dog With Soul

2016 • 1h 30m

This feature-length documentary portrays the turbulent life and extraordinary talent of soul and blues singer, the late Joe Cocker. A former gas fitter from Sheffield, Joe Cocker was catapulted to world stardom in 1969 at Woodstock with his legendary performance of the Beatles song, "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 Joe overcame his struggles with alcohol and drugs to rebuild his reputation as "one of the great primal rock and roll vocalists of all time” (Billy Joel's description). The film mixes Joe Cocker's own words, with rare archive. His family, friends and the legendary songwriters and musicians he collaborated with, tell Joe Cocker's story. The film has raw, electric performance footage throughout.