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MIPCOM Picks 2010: Lillian Roxon, Mother of Rock

This doc celebrates the life and work of Australian-born rock journalist Lillian Roxon, who, upon arriving in New York City in the late Fifties, immersed herself in the Big Apple's underground music scene and was front row center for the eruption onto the world stage of such explosive artists as Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, The Velvet Underground and scores of other legends.
September 30, 2010


This doc celebrates the life and work of Australian-born rock journalist Lillian Roxon, who, upon arriving in New York City in the late Fifties, immersed herself in the Big Apple’s underground music scene and was front row center for the eruption onto the world stage of such explosive artists as Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, The Velvet Underground and scores of other legends. She also feuded publicly with Germaine Greer, who’s interviewed for the film. Other candid interviews with such luminaries as Iggy Pop and Danny Fields, coupled with rare photos culled from late nights at rock haunt Max’s Kansas City, provide a tantalizing glimpse of Roxon’s life (she passed away in 1973) and passion.
Partners: Lowlands Media; distributed through SBS Content Sales
Length: 52 and 74 minutes
Aired: Melbourne Intl. Film Festival, 2010
Rights available: All rights worldwide

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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