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Offers a description of who Phil Spector was a music producer and as a murderer. Themes include childhood, murder, and the music industry. Eccentric behavior and mental illness are sometimes characterized as one and the same.
Positive Role Models
Phil Spector is characterized as a groundbreaking producer more than he is a murderer, but overall is not painted as a likable human being.
Some of the featured singers Phil Spector worked with, including Darlene Love, are Black.
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Violence & Scariness
Murder is a major theme. While limited blood is shown, and only partial (non-bloody) images of the deceased visible, it still features some gruesome archive photos of what was found at the scene.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Phil Spector allegedly committed murder because Lana Clarkson refused his advances. Extramarital relationships and other exploits are discussed.
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Cursing ("f--k") is audible.
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Products & Purchases
Images of and songs from popular 1960s bands are featured, as is more contemporary popular music and celebs. None of this is offered in a commercial context.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette smoking is visible. Drinking is discussed. Drug abuse is a major theme.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Spector is a four-part docuseries about late music producer Phil Spector. It offers lots of details about his life, his career, and how and why he murdered actress Lana Clarkson in 2003. Archive footage features popular bands, interviews, and disturbing scenes from the murder investigation. Conversations about the abuse of women, sex, drug abuse, and other mature topics are also had. Cigarette smoking is sometimes visible, and cursing is audible.
Is It Any Good?
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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