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Aro Favourite Off The Charts - The Song-Poem Story


USA 2003, 58 minutes
Dir. Jamie Meltzer
Rating: [Exempt]
Genres: Music, Documentary, Cult


Aroview: A gem of a music doco from off the beaten track, this charts the arcane history of the "song poem", a genre of music where members of the public have their poems and lyrics set to music by production professionals via mail-order, with the often bizarre results being pressed into records, many of which have become rare and collectible.

This tracks down the prominent practitioners and veteran composers who have plied their trade on a fast-turnaround production line, while also giving voice to the eccentrics, romantics and cynics who have paid for the privilege of their service. Highly amusing though never judgmental of its oddball characters, this polished doco delightfully illuminates a genuine oddity in pop culture.

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