Almost Famous at 20: Cameron Crowe’s warm-hearted ode to music journalism

The writer-director’s semi-autobiographical comedy remains a generous and insightful film about growing up on the road“These people are not your friends.”For anyone who’s ever worked in culture journalism – or aspires to do it – this pearl of wisdom, dropped from the legendary rock writer Lester Bangs (Philip Seymour Hoffman) to his moon-eyed teenage protege William Miller (Patrick Fugit) in Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous, is one of the most essential truths of the trade.

And now 20 years after the film came out, as social media has eroded the barriers between writers and artists, the line rings truer still – and could stand to be re-emphasized.

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