Forget Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift. The greatest pop star of 2017 is John Denver, the country folk singer-songwriter who passed away 20 years ago.Denver’s iconic
music has already been included in five various major Hollywood movies this year: Free Fire; Alien: Covenant; Diary of a Wimpy Kid : The Long Haul; Okja; Logan Lucky. A sixth, Kingsman: TheGolden Circle, strikestheaters on Friday(Sept. 22 ). In Kingsman, Denver’s popular folk anthem” Take Me House, Nation Roadways,”has a starring function.(Minor spoilers to follow.)The song is used a number of times throughout the film, consisting of during its climax, when among the main characters sings it(inadequately )as he does something heroic. It was an excellent moment in an otherwise messy, unnecessary film, showing that Denver’s delicate and inspiring artistry can raise practically anything.Vulture got to the bottom of Denver’s not likely cinematic renaissance in August. The artist’s estate< a href =http://www.vulture.com/2017/08/why-is-john-denvers-music-in-so-many-movies-this-year.html > just recently partnered with Kobalt Music Group, a rights management company that represents artists ranging from Paul McCartney to Kelly Clarkson to Skrillex, and started to prioritize licensing Denver’s music to Hollywood: To protect the rights to a Denver tune, Abrams described, the filmmakers must submit scene briefs. If they aren’t clear enough as to how the music will be used and
further concerns don’t clear the matter up, Denver’s children and their service supervisors are sought advice from as well. What’s most important, said Abrams, is that they stay in line with Denver’s suitables: He’s remembered as a benefactor and humanitarian as much as he is an artist, and much of the content on his main web page is committed to his messages of peace and compassion.The Year of Denver began with Free Fire, a British action film that paradoxically utilized Denver’s gentle, poignant “Annie’s Song” during a harsh action scene:20 th Century Fox used”Take Me Home, Back Road”in
its official marketing for Alien: Covenant. In the movie itself, travelers on a spaceship get a rogue transmission from a mystical world: the voice of a female singing Denver’s tune.” Annie’s Tune “was also used in the Netflix film Okja, about a young lady’s effort to save her pet superpig from the clutches of an international corporation. Director Bong Joon Ho told the New York Times that he picked the tune for its nostalgic qualities. The most effective usage of Denver’s music, though, was available in Steven Soderbergh’s joyous break-in film, Logan Lucky. The tune bookends the film, appearing in its very very first scene and once again towards theend, as a girl sings it for her dad in a charm pageant.It doesn’t matter where you’re from or when you were born, obviously:John Denver’s music can constantly take you home.