I knew Robin Lane only as a name from the 1980s Boston music scene, as in Robin Lane and the Chartbusters and the great single "When Things Go Wrong." I've just learned that her dad was Dean Martin's pianist and that she spent her adolescence hanging out in L.A.'s canyons in the 1960s, that she sings on Neil Young's "Round & Round," that she was married to one of the guys in the Police who's not Sting, and that she now leads songwriting and music therapy workshops for abused women. And she's the subject of the documentary "A Woman's Voice: The Robin Lane Story," being made by Tim Jackson, the Chartbusters' drummer, who is now a filmmaker and an assistant professor at the New England Institute of Art in Boston. Here's a taste:
Jackson directed the documentaries, “Chaos and Order: Making American Theater” and “Radical Jesters." Besides Lane, he has drummed for a wildly assorted bunch of artists including LaVern Baker, Tom Rush and Vas Deferens. He's also a sometime actor. The film is promised to be a story about women, music and creativity. Also, Neil Young, Andy Summers, Owsley and members of the Manson family. Also marriage, the music business and starting over.
Now here's where you come in. Jackson's raising money for this project on Kickstarter. I'm late to this game, so they've already reached their $10,000 goal, which will go to pay an editor to do a working cut, as well as song- and image-licensing fees. But it's a safe bet they'll find a way to spend more than the $10K, and the fund drive is open until 7 am Monday July 25. There are a variety of bonus packs for those who give more than the $5 minimum. Pledge a grand and you get a house concert and a producer credit. So fish around under those couch cushions and see what you can come up with.