Cool Daddio: The Second Youth of R. Stevie Moore
“R. Stevie Moore may well be the most talented, interesting pop musician never to have released a record on a major label.” – Pitchfork
Official Selection: Sheffield Doc/Fest, MIFF.
Son of Nashville session bassist Bob Moore (who played with Elvis and Roy Orbison), young Robert caught the music bug early. This self-confessed recluse would spend decades crafting catchy beat pop, lo-fi rock and freak-folk tunes, distributing cassettes by mail order to outsider art obsessives. It took 40 years (and over 400 albums) for Rolling Stone to proclaim his 1976 compilation Phonography as one of the most significant indie albums ever made and for Wire to finally put him on their cover. Today, he is regularly hailed as the greatest musical genius you’ve probably never heard of. Aghast that his talent remained unrecognised, directors Imogen Putler and Monika Baran spent over a year shadowing Moore, from his bedroom, onto the stage and out in the world. Featuring never-before-seen footage, music, and praise from superfans The Strokes, Ariel Pink, MGMT, Mac DeMarco and more, Cool Daddio cements Moore’s legacy as one of the weirdest and most compelling musicians alive today.