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By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Mature docu reveals genius, darkness of music producer.

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The long, well-researched docuseries offers a detailed narrative about Phil Spector that celebrates the impact he had on music while discussing what some believe made him a murderer. Spector discusses the producer's impact on popular culture thanks to his innovative recording practices and studio music aesthetics, and for his work with acts ranging from the Ronettes to the Ramones. It also addresses his troubled early life, his eccentricities (characterized by many as mental illness), and how his desire for control, his treatment of women, and his drug use was enabled by the industry. All this is used as a way to try to explain why he killed Lana Clarkson. This negotiation isn't a comfortable one, but Spector does do a fair job of humanizing Clarkson rather than simply depicting her as a victim. It also offers lots of details about the investigation into her death, and the two trials that ultimately resulted in the producer's conviction in 2008. If you're interested in music history, no doubt you'll find the story interesting. However, no doubt that many viewers will find the overall story troubling.

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