Janis Joplin – Me & Bobby McGee

There were many fine musical moments in Venice, not including Sally Hawkins dancing with the fish-man in The Shape of Water. Nico 1988 featured Trine Dyrholm growling her way through a version of Nature Boy and Alexandre Desplat delivered a playful score for Suburbicon. Peter Raeburn’s music for Woodshock was delightful (the film, by the fashion designer sisters of label Rodarte was dreadful though, despite featuring Kristen Dunst, stoned in her underwear for most of the movie) and Martin McDonagh delved into the bluesy playlist for Three Billboards, under the supervision of Carter Burwell. 

There was Thriller, too, of course, in the newly resorted version of Michael Jackson’s and John Landis’ video. But the one I came out humming most? That was easy – Janis Joplin’s posthumous 1970 hit Me and Bobby McGee, as featured in The Leisure Seeker – a legendary road movie song perfectly suited to this road movie with Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland making a break for it. 

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