It’s the cult classic movie filmed in the mid-eighties that has led tons of people to Athens in pursuit of music, fame, and the right to drink beer and create stickpiles while in their pajamas. Athens, Ga.: Inside/Out caused quite a stir when being filmed and after it was released. Some hailed it as the best introduction to the town’s college music scene. Others called it nothing more than a sham that had nothing to do with the town’s music at all. So is the movie more fact? or fiction?
FACT: You won’t get a better idea of how the music scene in Athens was than this movie. You can read all the books you want but until you visually see how the town was, how the venues were, you’ll have no idea. It offers you a glimpse into the young mindsets of these bands at a critical time in the scene. Where else do you get to go into Buck’s house? Or see the other factors around town like the resturants and out of the way places that helped spawn such a creative force? Plus you get incredible performance footage of bands that aren’t around any longer. This may not be all of Athens but it’s real.
FICTION: There’s a reason why so many bands hated this flick. Take a look at some of the people featured. A lot of them weren’t even from Athens at that point, they had just arrived and happened to show up when the cameras were around. It makes everything look all shiny and happy sure but I’d argue that 86-92 was when the commercial side of Athens appeared with everyone wanting to cling to the Athens brand name. There’s people in the movie that have nothing to do with the music at all! They’re just there for entertainment’s sake. This is not the real Athens at all.
What’s your take?