Derailroaded: Inside the Mind of Larry “Wild Man” Fischer
Coming to DVD January 25, 2011
A shocking and sensitive 86-minute journey through the thunderstorms of the mind of paranoid-schizophrenic Larry “Wild Man” Fischer and his discordant encounters in the music business.
de·rail·road·ed : pt., a neologism; one man’s psycholinguistic and schizo-musical metaphor for derailed, to have caused a train, mind or life to go off the tracks
This shocking and sensitive 86-minute journey through the thunderstorms of the mind of paranoid-schizophrenic Larry “Wild Man” Fischer follows his discordant encounters in the music business.
Institutionalized at 16 after attacking his mother with a knife, Fischer wandered the mean streets of L.A. singing his totally unique brand of songs for 10¢ to passersby. Discovered by Frank Zappa, with whom he cut his first record album, Fischer became an underground club and concert favorite, earning him the title of “godfather of outsider music.” Over the course of 40 years, he appeared on national television (Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-in) and the Top 50 music charts in England, was the subject of his own comic book, was the first artist to be recorded on Rhino Records, and sang a duet with the late Rosemary Clooney.
Extensive archival footage from Fischer’s early days, including his TV and club performances, trace his life from neglected child to tortured genius. The filmmakers visit him at home, follow him on the streets, and speak with those who over the years witnessed – and survived – his erratic behavior: his family, his doctor, and industry professionals (including Frank and Gail Zappa, Weird Al Yankovic, Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh, Solomon Burke, Dr. Demento, and Billy Mumy).