In the years leading up to his death, singer Shannon Hoon appeared to be ready to take on the world, in fact he did, but drugs and alcohol claimed the life of this gifted singer way before, in my opinion, his work was done. Oscilloscope Laboratories recently released the trailer for “All I Can Say” and it already is high on my list of films to watch before this crappy year is up.
Blind Melon came at the peak of the grunge era, but also on its down swing. We already lost many heroes to drug addiction by the time Shannon past, but it was still heartbreaking. Songs like “No Rain” and “Tones of Home” led the groundwork for college jam bands in the coming years. Though Shannon’s time was short, he documented everything with his hi-8 cam and did so, like his life depended on it. This film is the epitaph for a talent that was taken all too early.
Shannon Hoon, lead singer of the rock band Blind Melon, filmed himself from 1990-95 with a Hi8 video camera, recording up until a few hours before his sudden death at the age of 28. His camera was a diary and his closest confidant. In the hundreds of hours of footage, Hoon meticulously documented his life – his family, his creative process, his television, his band’s rise to fame and his struggle with addiction. He filmed his daughter’s birth, and archived the politics and culture of the 90’s, an era right before the internet changed the world. Created with his own footage, voice and music, this intimate autobiography is a prescient exploration of experience and memory in the age of video. It is also Shannon Hoon’s last
work, completed 23 years after his death.