Earlier than changing into a filmmaker, Leaving Las Vegas director Mike Figgis was a musician and performer within the experimental group known as The Folks Present. Earlier than that, he performed trumpet and guitar within the experimental jazz ensemble The Folks Band, whose first report was produced by Rolling Stone drummer Charlie Watts. He’s additionally the founding patron of a web based group of unbiased filmmakers known as Capturing Folks. You may say Figgis is a Folks particular person, which makes him the right director to seize Ronnie Wooden within the documentary Somebody Up There Likes Me.
One in every of rock and roll’s most iconic guitarists, Wooden is sweet with folks. He performs effectively with others. He’s the Stone who’s by no means alone. Earlier than he started weaving guitar licks with Keith Richards within the Rolling Stones, Wooden helped form the British rock sound in bands like The Birds and the Creation. He was the bass participant to the guitar maestro in The Jeff Beck Group, which featured the distinctive voice of Rod Stewart on the entrance. They put out two albums, 1968’s Reality and 1969’s Beck-Ola, earlier than splintering simply as they had been to look at Woodstock. Wooden and Stewart inherited the Small Faces from Steve Marriott and dropped the album First Step in 1970. They realized they had been too tall for the diminutive moniker and renamed the band The Faces. They launched the albums Lengthy Participant and A Nod Is as Good as a Wink…to a Blind Horse in 1971, and Ooh La La (1973), earlier than splitting up in 1975.
Wooden guested on albums by David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton, the Band, Donovan, B.B. King, and on Stewart’s solo albums. He spent a lot time flavoring different performers’ works, he didn’t put out a solo album of his personal till 1974 which he aptly titled I’ve Acquired My Personal Album to Do. Wooden additionally went solo for 1981’s 1234 and collaborated with Bo Diddley on Reside on the Ritz in 1988, Wooden’s seventh solo album, I Really feel Like Enjoying (2010), featured visitor spots from ex-Faces bandmate Ian McLagan, in addition to The Pink Scorching Chili Peppers’ Flea, Weapons N’ Roses’ Slash, Billy Gibbons, Bobby Womack, and Jim Keltner.
Any individual Up There Likes Me isn’t structured like most music documentaries. It’s primarily a dialog, and it veers from a lot of Wooden’s huge output. The hard-partying musician beat lung most cancers and candidly blames his extreme indulgences. He noticed bandmates, contemporaries and pals, like Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and John Bonham push previous the deadly limits of chemical reactions. Wooden himself remembers telling Keith Moon to take tablets, not bottles of them. Richards remarks within the documentary how the 2 Rolling Stones guitarists share sturdy constitutions. Wooden started recording with the Rolling Stones once they had been midway by means of their 1976 album, Black and Blue, and has been regular even as much as their current pandemic stay stream.