Musicians from Debbie Harry to Joan Jett salute the trailblazing bassist in a chronicle that stays just the right side of fawning This is a fan-servicing but not necessarily hagiographic documentary from Australian director Liam Firmager, which recounts the life and career of rocker Suzi Quatro. All the usual stations of the rock-doc biopic cross get a stop-off here, from the humble origins (in the suburbs of Detroit), the slog up the success ladder, collision with the big time, and then the decline, comeback and Hall of Fame phase, often capped by the release of a documentary exactly like this. Quatro’s story differs from the mean simply because she was one of the very few hard-rocking women in the business in the 70s; she was a mere slip of girl when she hit the big time, barely taller than the bass she played. To the film’s credit, obeisance is paid to the female artists who came before and those who were around at the same time; these include Quatro’s sister, Patti, who Suzi played with in the beat combo the Pleasure Seekers before Suzi went solo and Patti formed the now-cult band Fanny.
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