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Filmmaker Jonathan Demme possessed a rock 'n' roll spirit

For good reason, several of pop music’s greatest visionaries — Neil Young, David Byrne, Bruce Springsteen, the Pretenders — turned to filmmaker Jonathan Demme when they wanted to put their work on a big screen. It wasn’t simply because of Demme’s estimable film resume, which includes “Silence of...

JONATHAN DEMME: 1944 - 2017

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