"Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President"

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Jimmy Carter

Dave Kirkpatrick ‘93 (English major) is a producer on the new documentary ‘Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President.’

A review in Hollywood Reporter notes:

Jimmy Carter, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan and others talk about Carter’s love of music and how rock stars helped him win the presidency in a doc premiering as part of the virtual AFI Docs fest.

Bob Dylan says that when he met Governor Jimmy Carter, “the first thing he did was quote my songs back to me.” He knew the lyrics inside out, and they began an enduring friendship. Not many years later, President Carter’s old friend Willie Nelson smoked pot while visiting him in the White House. Nelson’s autobiography said he smoked with a member of the White House staff, but Carter himself now sets the record straight: It was one of Carter’s sons who smoked, and Nelson was protecting him.

Those are just two of the many gleeful stories in Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President, a documentary filled with anecdotes and music — gospel, jazz, country and rock. Carter has embraced all those styles and befriended musicians throughout his life. Who knew?

Kirkpatrick’s company, Thunder Moccasin Pictures, financed the documentary and Kirkpatrick served as Executive Producer.

Posted Date 
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

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