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  • Brian Fishbach

Little Richard Documentary, "I Am Everything" Will Make You Dance and Cry

Little Richard passed away three years ago today on May 9, 2020. You can celebrate his legacy today by watching filmmaker Lisa Corté's new documentary on his influential life.

The new documentary, "I am Everything," from CNN Films explores the complex legacy of the rock and roll icon whose hits include "Tutti Frutti" and "Good Golly Miss Molly."

"The first songs that you loved that your parents hate is the beginning of the soundtrack of your life," said filmmaker and actor John Waters in the documentary. Waters said his trademark pencil thin mustache was inspired by Little Richard. "He spit on every rule there was in music."

Even if you have never listened to Little Richard's music, Waters' characterization of him should inspire music lovers from across the spectrum to watch the documentary. Especially those who have been ridiculed for their music of choice.

"I Am Everything" will have viewers reconsidering ever calling Elvis Presley the "King of Rock & Roll."

Corté's documentary explores Little Richard's internal struggle, particularly with hiding his sexuality.

"He was good at liberating other people, he was not good at liberating himself," said Jason King, is the chair of the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music.

Taking the viewer you along the journey is an all-star cast of commentary from talents who took inspiration from him, including Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Billy Porter and Nile Rodgers.

It will take you from his birth 90 years ago in the racially-tense climate in Macon, Georgia through Little Richard's last concert was on March 30, 2013 at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

"I Am Everything" will have you tearing up and dancing all within a 101 minute span. His troubles and the triumphs are on full display. His personality is contagious. And if some of the current pop stars who are following in his footsteps recommend this (as they should), don't be surprised to see Little Richard in the charts three years after he left the world a better place.

"I Am Everything" is available for streaming on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Vudu, YouTube, Google Play.


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