Video Screening: The Fabulous Journey of Michael Alago

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Thursday / September 20, 2018 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
United States
Michael Alago
Michael Alago
Image courtesy of the artist

Who the F**k Is That Guy? The Fabulous Journey of Michael Alago tells the astonishing story of a gay Puerto Rican kid, raised in a Hasidic Brooklyn neighborhood, who got on the subway one day and began a musical odyssey that helped shape the musical landscape across New York City and around the world.

Directed by Drew Stone and produced by Michael Alex, the film tells the story of a cherished New York City icon. From rubbing elbows with city scene makers as a teenager at Max’s Kansas City and CBGB; to being the architect of a rock ’n’ roll renaissance as the 19 year-old talent booker at the legendary Ritz; to making history as a 24-year-old A&R executive—signing the biggest metal band in a generation in Metallica—Alago was on fire.

Working with artists such as White Zombie, Johnny Rotten, Cyndi Lauper, and Nina Simone, Alago was driven by a love for great music ... any great music. Alago survived substance abuse and AIDS, reinventing himself as an art photographer.

Told by Alago and the artists whose careers he helped build, illustrated with an exquisite collection of personal photographs, Who the F**k Is That Guy? The Fabulous Journey of Michael Alago tells the tender, loving, self-destructive, and insane story of a man who loved new music so much that he had to bring it to the world, and lived to talk about it. Barely.