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Quote of the Day: Almost Famous

Posted in Of the Day with tags , , , , , on 19 October, 2008 by Ally

Almost Famous is one of my favourite films from a purely emotional perspective, and I think one of the best ever to be made about music. If you haven’t seen the extended Untitled cut, I recommend it – it makes the journey last that little bit longer.

There are certain moments and certain lines in the film that truly encapsulate what it is to be a music fan, “to truly love some silly little piece of music, or some band, so much that it hurts.” A particular favourite of mine is spoken by Lester Bangs, a real-life critic and mentor for the lead character, teenaged rock journalist William Miller. As an eternally unhip person, I will forever cherish this advice.

The only true currency in this bankrupt world… is what you share with someone else when you’re uncool.

– Lester Bangs (Philip Seymour Hoffman), Almost Famous