Rockumentary about Byrds frontman to be screened in film maker’s hometown

Film maker Paul Kendall (left) with Kelly Clark, elder son of Gene Clark from The Byrds, at a screening of the film The Byrd Who FLew Alone in Los Angeles
Film maker Paul Kendall (left) with Kelly Clark, elder son of Gene Clark from The Byrds, at a screening of the film The Byrd Who FLew Alone in Los Angeles
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A documentary about a songwriter whose talent is compared to that of Lennon & McCartney and Bob Dylan has been screened around the world and on the BBC.

Now the film, The Byrd Who Flew Alone about Gene Clark, one of the original members of the American supergroup The Byrds, is to be shown in Aylesbury.

Producer Paul Kendall, who lived in Manor Road, Aylesbury, created the film with two of his sons, and has arranged for it to be shown at Aylesbury Grammar School where he was a pupil from 1963 - 1970.

He said: “It was broadcast on BBC4 in March last year and attracted half a million viewers. Since then it has been shown all over the world at film festivals and I was keen to have a showing in Aylesbury, my home town.

“I got in touch with AGS and the hall was recently refurbished and has a new projection system, so it’s going to sound really good and the screening is open to all.”

Mr Kendall spent his working life as a copywriter in advertising agencies in London but when he retired he looked for something to combine his lifelong love of music and interest in film making.

Two of his sons, Dan and Jack, work in film and photography and were also invovled in the project.

The subject was chosen after Mr Kendall received a biography of Gene Clark as a Christmas present in 2010.

He said: “It took me back to the music, I knew a fair bit about him, and had in fact met him.

“I worked as a music journalist for a couple of years after leaving college.

“Gene was here on tour and he made a really strong impression on me.He struck me as a very unstar like star, very humble, vulnerable.”

Gene died in his 40s and Mr Kendall feels it is a real injustice that he is not better remembered.

His documentary includes interviews with family, friends and fellow musicians, and archive material.

Now living in Rickmansworth Mr Kendall used to manage Earth Records for Friars boss David Stopps when he lived here and hopes he will come to the screening.

The Byrd Who Flew Alone will be shown at AGS on Saturday January 31 at 7.30pm followed by Q&A with Mr Kendall from 9.30pm.

Tickets cost £5 on the door.