Waiting: The Van Duren Story

Featuring a Post-Screening Conversation with Van Duren and Film Creators Greg Carey and Wade Jackson

The GRAMMY Museum is pleased to host a special screening of Waiting: The Van Duren Story, followed by a post-screening discussion moderated by Scott Goldman, featuring Van Duren and the film’s creators, Greg Carey and Wade Jackson. From the ashes of Big Star, arguably the greatest cult band of all time and managed by Andrew Loog Oldham (Rolling Stones) in the mid 1970’s, Memphis local Van Duren was tipped to be the next Paul McCartney, but instead faded into obscurity. Forty years later, two larrikin Australians come across the mysterious musician’s lost album and set out to discover what went wrong. They track Van Duren down on Facebook and, despite never having picked up a camera before, journey through the U.S. to meet him. 

Along the way, they cross paths with rock stars, Scientologists, con men and a host of talented musicians who never quite made it.

Van Duren’s lost career is a parable of the trials and tribulations of the music industry - an industry that leaves countless broken dreamers behind in its wake. Waiting: the Van Duren Story is a love letter to the artist that should have helped to define a generation.