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School of Rock SPIN 2002 Article
June 1, 2005, 10:52 am

Susan Gerhard
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