Jack Bruce was one of the greatest bass player in the entire history of rock ‘n' roll. He became a legend because of his association with Cream, still one of the most extraordinary bands ever to grace the stage.
But his own story is even more extraordinary. Born amid the slums of Glasgow, known as the Gorbals, his musical talent was quickly recognised and he attended the Royal Scottish Academy of Music where he played the cello and keyboards. Then he discovered jazz ....and rock ‘n' roll. Although Cream did not immediately bring the financial rewards some people imagine, after the group broke up in 1968 he was able to buy a large island off the Scottish coast. Some rags to riches story!!
With Cream he also discovered he was a considerable composer - many of the group's famous hits were written by him - so it was no surprise when in 1970 he released a jazz-orientated LP of his own compositions called Songs for a Tailor.
This 55 minute film, made at the same time, takes Jack from the Gorbals, via Cream, to his island called Sanda, playing the cello, the sitar and thundering away on the organ of the Albert Hall in London, while featuring many of the tracks from his LP. With his strong socialist principles - his father had been a member of the Communist party - Jack Bruce himself provides the striking commentary. "What kind of a society do we want?" it begins.....
Originally shown on the BBC in 1971, this critically acclaimed film has been restored to something approaching its former glory and reminds us yet again what a great musician Jack Bruce is.