Wednesday, January 07, 2009

The Rose

Last night I watched the movie "The Rose" with Bette Midler. I had not planned to watch it but was too tired to read.

We have over 100 channels and there never seems to be anything on.

I saw The Rose in the theater in 1979. I went with my friends. We played together in a Top 40 cover band at that time and this seemed like a good movie for a bunch of wanna-be musicians to take in.

The movie is about a young rocker who just wants her life back but her agent/manager/producer wants her to keep working to make him money.

She does drugs and at the end, dies. Or at least the movie implies she does. I prefer to think she went into a coma and eventually woke up and went on to live a quiet life.

I suppose it is a thinly-veiled Janis Joplin movie.

Bette Midler does a great job in this movie. The song "The Rose" brings tears to my eyes nearly every time I hear it.

I remember when I saw the movie in the theater, us girls in the band were bawling when we left.

I did not cry last night when I watched it but it sure made me feel kind of sad.


  1. You played in a band? Oh, we're going to have lots to talk about at lunch :-)

  2. Oh I haven't seen that movie in eons. I liked it way back.

  3. Yes, it is loosely based on Janis Joplin. The girl could sing but I've seen live interviews of her and she was a piece of work... quite odd.

  4. I love Bette Midler singing that song, but never watched the movie.

  5. We sang that song in choir. I do like it though.

  6. I've never heard of it. But I like Bette Midler, she's a stitch.

  7. I love the song and love the movie- tragic as I remember. But it was good. I could go for watching it again!

  8. Bruce Springsteen wrote a song about that. You probably know it. About all the channels we have and nothing is on. This is why we resort to The Bachelor.

    Oh wow, I forgot about that movie. So you were in a band? What'd you do?


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