I first heard Sinead here in NY on WLIR-FM in 1987 with the release of her first album, "The Lion on and the Cobra." She was also played on college radio and it wasn't until the Prince song, "Nothing Compares to You" that she became a rock star. The film shows the incident when she would not allow the National Anthem to be played before a concert and its repercussions. Later, while appearing on SNL, she tore up a picture of Pope John Paul II and, excuse me, all hell broke loose. As a struggling Catholic, I was not offended by the gesture and history has proven her to be accurate after the many molestation cases came to light with the cover ups by the Vatican. I only wished for more and longer segments of her music. Her voice is magical and this film a gritty and honest portrayal of her life.
Documentary / Music
Documentary / Music
The story of Sinéad O'Connor's rise to worldwide fame, and how her iconoclastic personality resulted in her exile from the pop mainstream. Focusing on prophetic words and deeds across a six-year period (1987-1993), the film reflects on the legacy of this fearless trailblazer, through a contemporary feminist lens.
September 30, 2022 at 02:47 PM
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What a Voice
Good music bio about an interesting character
I remember Sinead O'Connor being a pretty big presence in the British music press of the early 90's. She would be hitting the front covers of the Melody Maker, Sounds and the NME on a regular basis. I did recall the fallout of her appearance on American telly where she ripped up a picture of the Pope and then thinking back to it now, she did seem to drop off the radar somewhat massively. This doc doesn't so much give us the biography of O'Connor from start to finish, it instead focuses her mid 80's rise in the music industry until her fall from the spotlight in 1992. There's little detail on her earliest years and pretty much nothing from the past 30 years. This isn't a bad thing necessarily, as it allows us to zoom in and look at the period where she made her most iconic music and made the biggest impact on the culture overall. There is a reminder of just how good her debut album The Lion and the Cobra is and there is unforgettable footage of her appearance and the Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary show where she was abused by large swathes of the audience for her Pope protest..somewhat ironic coming from those attending the celebration of one of the world's foremost protest singers. A lot of excellent footage has been unearthed to put this film together, which adds a lot, even if Prince's estate refused use of the song which gives the film its name - pleasingly, the film-makers address this in the end credits to explain this obvious elephant in the room. Overall, this is a very good music bio, as there is plenty of grit and drama to go along with some top tunes.
The Story Of An Irish Icon
As someone who grew up as a teenager in Ireland during the time period that is the focus of this film, even 15 year old me had a hint of awareness that SOC was possibly the victim of a society, that just wasn't ready or willing to face up to the reality of the issues she shone a light on, both in our own country and further afield.
What this film does is show the world that the things she did weren't some random acts of self-sabotage, or even worse, publicity stunts to prop up her career. She used the global platform she had to speak up for those who could not be heard, to give them a voice when nobody was listening. She didn't do this at the expense of her career as she was so publicly derided for, this was exactly what she was put on this planet to do. Music and art were the platforms that enabled her do it and she did it in the most dramatic fashion imaginable.
The problem for Sinead was that she was so far ahead of her time, living in a time when thou dare not speak truth to power, in a world where social media platforms and hashtag movements didn't exist. If there was anybody in her corner, we simply didn't know about it at the time as they too had no voice. The world's media simply constructed the version of Sinead they wanted us to see.
It's a beautifully immersive film that in time I think will really vindicate a genuine social justice warrior in the court of public opinion.
And about time too.
She deserves it.
Another untalented industry puppet.
Anyone who suffers from depression can relate to her. I hope she is doing well.
Who are you to criticize Sinead O'connor you are jealous losers.
She was not good,smelly and disposable
Oh, no.... the jihadi terrorist singer... She has only 2 hits songs and gradually faded away and she chose to join the cult of terror. Good for her and good riddance...
She was beautiful!
Sinéad O'Connor she's has integrity and most of you don't.
Fascinating doc, but don't watch it for the song. Nothing Compares to You because the filmmakers weren't allowed to use it. Strange but true.
She had two or three interesting songs and then she goes on SNL and rips up a pic of John Paul II. Poof ! she's gone.
Good thing she reverted to Islam, but I don't even listen to her, she is overrated like most of artists in the western countries, but I am being honest.