Phil Spector To Menacingly Stare Back From Your TV Screen

Jun 26th, 2007 // 10 Comments

philspector.jpgVariety reports that producer Phil Spector–shown here with that “wigged deer caught in headlights” expression–will be the subject of a 90-minute BBC documentary this fall:

“Arena – The Agony and The Ecstasy Of Phil Spector” is being made by Oscar-winning director Vikram Jayanti and produced by long-time “Arena” filmmaker Anthony Wall as part of BBC2′s fall schedule…

“I like to make definitive films about creative people,” said Jayanti. “I am not interested in pursuing the question of his guilt or innocence but his standing as an artist and his psychological landscape. Spector is a tortured genius, a deeply troubled man, who speaks openly about his pain – the pain of his father killing himself and the pain of his own son dying.”

“But he is also a very funny man and a brilliant mimic. He does a brilliant impersonation of John Lennon who he regarded as a special friend.”

They got along great–especially when Spector wasn’t (allegedly) pulling a gun on the former Beatle. Anyway, we’ll reserve judgment until we see this thing, but it does make us eager to re-read Tom Wolfe’s excellent “The First Tycoon Of Teen” profile from back in 1964. Anybody know of a copy archived online? If so, drop us a line at

BBC secures Spector interview [Variety]

  1. sarahrose

    am i the only one to find him brutally handsome?

  2. gregcoff

    I don’t know about online, but if you buy a copy of the Phil Spector “Back to Mono” box set, you get four CDs, a “Back to Mono” pin, and a book that includes, among other goodies, the essay reprinted in full. It generally goes for cheap, like $14, especially when Virgin is having a “new Phil Spector hairstyle” sale.

    The essay is fun but full of random innaccuracies (like the notion that Spector wrote all of the songs he produced). I look forward to watching the documentary, especially the part where Phil explains his involvement with Starsailor (for reals, look it up).

  3. Fraid

    A partial list of the people Phil Spector has (allegedly) pulled a gun on:

    1. Leonard Cohen
    2. John Lennon
    3. Joey Ramone
    4. Ronnie Spector
    5. Waitress at Denny’s who didn’t know the lyrics to “He’s A Rebel”
    6. Ronnie Spector’s puppy
    7. The “Wrecking Crew”
    8. Oasis
    9. Snide parking attendant
    10. Own children (for disciplinary purposes only)

    I’m here all week.

  4. Breliant

    @Fraid: Why not Starsailor?

  5. noamjamski

    @sarahrose: No, there is a reason that despite having a reputation for pulling guns on his dates, women still went home with him.

    My favorite part of the trial so far has been the CSI style debate as to how exactly Lana Clarkson’s DNA got on his penis. The question is whether her saliva made it there through direct contact, or if it is residual DNA that can be transmitted through touch. They also found the DNA of another unidentified woman on his penis….science rules!

  6. Fraid

    Breliant: Because he respects them too damn much.

  7. jfury

    That is a picture of a man who clearly still sucks his thumb, plays hopscotch, and murders people.

  8. sarahrose

    @jfury: watch your mouth or this thread is gonna end bloody.

  9. nonce

    I have to let this out: Holy fuck! There’s nothing about that photo that’s not incredibly alarming. I kind of can’t stop staring at it.

  10. deusdiabolus

    Hey, the hair is calming down. At least his appearance is approaching normal.

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