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like The Wizard Of Oz,” says eric Pal­ley, Stone’s for­mer A&R at epic. “No-one wants to meet The Wizard Of Oz.”

Us­ing archival footage drawn from in­ter­views and live per­for­mances, a per­sua­sive pic­ture emerges of Stone’s rise from house pro­ducer at Au­tumn Records and Bay Area ra­dio DJ to psy­che­delic soul su­per­star. “Fame at­tracts won­der­ful peo­ple,” notes the band’s orig­i­nal sax­o­phon­ist Jerry Mar­tini. “Fame also at­tracts guns and dogs.” The de­cline from Wood­stock-era utopi­anism into dark­ness, drugs and iso­la­tion is mourned, too, par­tic­u­larly by close friend Bobby Wo­mack, fea­tured here in one of his last in­ter­views. “Bobby Wo­mack was a straight-shooter, he didn’t hide any­thing,” says Ruben­stone. “Af­ter we’d done, he’d start fry­ing up pork chops in his kitchen, shirt off.”

It would be un­fair to re­veal too much about Ruben­stone’s en­coun­ters with Stone, though the film­maker ex­pe­ri­ences a sat­is­fy­ing pay-off af­ter his decade-long search. Although Stone hasn’t seen the fin­ished film, his chil­dren have. “They got it,” laughs Ruben­stone. “They to­tally un­der­stood, they know their dad.”

Among his in­ter­views, Ruben­stone is keen to flag up the con­tri­bu­tion of 82-year old for­mer man­ager of the band, David Kapra­lik – who is filmed at home in Maui, work­ing out on his ex­er­cise bike. “What he was hop­ing to ac­com­plish with that band, so­cially, po­lit­i­cally, dur­ing a very tur­bu­lent time, still res­onates. We’re ev­ery­day peo­ple, we’re all in it to­gether. We’ve come a long way, but we still have a hell of a way to go.”

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