Murray Krugman, a lecturer in the music department, is featured in a new documentary about heavy metal rock and roll icon Bobby Liebling of the band Pentagram and his struggle to overcome his drug addictions and return to the stage. “Last Days Here” opened in New York City over the weekend.
Krugman, who produced Blue Oyster Cult, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Johnny Winter and the punk rock group The Dictators, among others, is quoted throughout the film and his voice is heard in this trailer for the film. A former Columbia Records executive, Krugman arranged for the band to make a demo record in 1975.
Produced by 9.14 Pictures, “Last Days Here” is showing at the IFC Center on 323 Sixth Avenue in New York City. It won Best International Music Documentary at the In-Edit Festival in Barcelona and Best Music Documentary at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam. The film will be shown on television in the fall.
The filmmakers, Don Argott and Demian Fenton who created “The Art of the Steal” and “Rock School,” will speak at UNH in the fall.
The film, which was shown at the Sundance Film Festival, chronicles Liebling’s life in the basement of his parents’ home in Germantown, Md., where he was close to death but was willing to try to overcome his addictions, rebuild his life and return to the stage. The title is a play on one of the bands1970s hits, “Last Daze Here.”
Krugman, who had also worked at Sony records, owns the record label SilverWolf, which distributes 150 titles.
Reviews of the film have appeared in the New York Times, Time Out New York and in the Village Voice.
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