Tuesday, August 06, 2013
ALEX COX AND KENNEDY
I first encountered Alex Cox via the film Repo Man. If you haven't seen it you really need to. It perfectly captured the weird tone of the 80s. Here's a clip to give you an idea of the kind of trip you're in for with the film:
He went on to do films like Sid and Nancy, Walker, and Straight To Hell, as well as go on to become something of a film scholar, hosting several film shows on the UK. He also got chased out of the room by a howling Hunter S. Thompson, but that's another story.
Cox just put a book out about the Kennedy Assassination called The President and The Provocateur, published by the amazing Feral House. Subtitled "The parallel lives of JFK and Lee Harvey Oswald", it serves both as a duel biography of the two key characters in the assassination, as well as attempt to unravel a story that is anything but black and white.
While I haven't read The President and The Provocateur yet, there's no doubt in my mind that his take on the story will be fresh and fascinating. To accompany the release of the book, Cox has released a couple of short films that take aim at disputed areas related to the Kennedy assassination. They're pretty interesting, and they certainly encouraged me to order the book. ENJOY!