Some of the biggest icons of the music industry have teamed up to pay tribute to Jimmy Carter in a brand new documentary.
“Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President” explores the former U.S. president’s special relationship with music and musicians.
Carter famously became the first American head of state to embrace rock ‘n’ roll culture, after being elected in 1976. “The Allman Brothers helped put me in the White House by raising money when I didn’t have any money,” explains the 95-year-old, while being interviewed for the documentary.
The film features praise for Carter from global stars like Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Bono, Paul Simon and Garth Brooks.
“With all the odds against him, he still did what he thought was right. That’s not a bad pattern for all of us to follow,” says Nelson in the trailer.
“Human rights, the right to live like a human, that’s something that President Carter tried to make real with his foreign policy,” adds U2 frontman Bono.
Meanwhile, one of the more mythic moments of Carter’s presidency was recently confirmed by his son Chip Carter.
In Willie Nelson’s 1988 autobiography, he writes of smoking a joint on the roof of the White House with one of the president’s sons. In the documentary, the former president confirms that it actually happened.
“[Nelson] says that his companion was one of the servants at the White House,” Carter says. “Actually, it was one of my sons.”
Interviewed by the Los Angeles Times, Chip Carter explained.
“We just kept going up ’til we got to the roof, where we leaned against the flagpole at the top of the place and lit one up.’ If you know Washington, the White House is the hub of the spokes — the way it was designed. Most of the avenues run into the White House. You could sit up and could see all the traffic coming right at you. It’s a nice place up there,” he said.
“Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President” hits theatres and virtual cinemas from Sept. 9, with home release following on Oct. 9.