|School of Rock SPIN 2002 Article|
|June 1, 2005, 10:52 am|
San Francisco Bay Guardian
What many people didn't know at the time School of Rock came out was that there actually was a real "school of rock" with an all-too-real rock-burned teacher, Paul Green, whose outsize antics were exponentially more entertaining than (if strangely similar to) the predictable explosions of button-bursting Jack Black. Green wasn't too difficult to find – James Iha tracked him down for Spin in 2002 – but as far as School of Rock, the fiction feature, was concerned, any resemblance to persons living or dead was purely coincidental. This week a documentary called Rock School, by Don Argott, exacts almost as satisfying a revenge on its predecessor as Wilsey does on his stepmom, and both memoir and doc use the very same strategy: they tell the better story.
Credit: Susan Gerhard
Source: San Francisco Bay Guardian