‘All the Years of Trying’ is a film about cult singer-songwriter punk poet and originator of folk punk, Patrik Fitzgerald; that has it's YouTube premiere - https://buff.ly/2S4J1M3 on St Patrick's Day 17th March. Fitzgerald kicked against the brash three-chord orthodoxy by performing waif-like and vulnerably alone with an acoustic guitar and a tattered book of poems at the height of the punk revolution, composing the ultimate anthem ‘Safety Pin Stuck in My Heart’. Although never making it to the dizziest heights of pop fame he continues to be a well respected figure, cited as an early influence by author and poet Benjamin Zephaniah and legendary journalist and Nirvana biographer, Everett True. The film is directed by filmmaker Dom Shaw who first met Patrik 41 years ago and filmed him for his seminal punk documentary ‘Rough Cut & Ready Dubbed’ which won the 1981 John Grierson award for best documentary. ‘All The Years of Trying; features some of Fitzgerald’s best known songs and interviews with people influenced and entranced by his music, and is an affectionate tribute to an old friend. ‘I knew Pat long before I met him’ says Shaw ‘because every song was soaked with his own vulnerability and humour that myself and many others could completely identify with.’ #PatrikFitzgerald #PunkPoet #Punk
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Dom Shaw is the author of 'Eric is Awake' and also a fleshy tube of chemicals working as a writer, scriptwriter and filmmaker in the UK. Was a boy, now a man. He lives.