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Cameron Crowe’s Elton John, Leon Russell doc to air on HBO

HBO will premiere Cameron Crowe's documentary The Union, which captures the reunion of musical legends Elton John and Leon Russell, on February 2.
January 20, 2012

HBO will premiere Cameron Crowe’s documentary The Union, which captures the reunion of musical legends Elton John and Leon Russell, on February 2.

The Union, which was an opening night selection at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, captures the two musical icons coming together after 38 years of not seeing or speaking to one another.  John, inspired to reunite with Russell after listening to his idol’s greatest hits album, contacted him and proposed they collaborate on an album together. The end product, The Union, came out in 2010, and Crowe’s cameras were there to document the recording sessions.

The documentary features concert footage of John and Russell throughout their careers and the artists  recording the album in The Village studio in Los Angeles, with celebrated producer T Bone Burnett on hand, as well as Neil Young, Brian Wilson, Booker T. Johns, Stevie Nicks and Don Was also making appearances.

HBO will premiere the doc on February 2 at 9 p.m. EST/PST, with HBO2 scheduling the doc for February 8 at 8 p.m.

The doc is the second of Crowe’s music films of late, with Pearl Jam Twenty making the festival rounds in 2011. Crowe directed and produced the film, along with producer Michelle Panek and executive producer Johnny Barbis.

(Photo: Joseph Guay /HBO)

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