Lil Peep, Liza Womack, John Womack Jr, Sarah Stennett
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Highly affecting, and the music is transcendent…
“I just wana be everybody’s everything I want too much from people but then I don’t want anything from them at the same time u feel me I don’t let people help me but I need help but not when I have my pills but that’s temporary one day maybe I won’t die young and I’ll be happy? What is happy I always have happiness for like 10 seconds and then it’s gone. I’m getting so tired of this.”
Those are the words of Lil Peep, who died a little over 2 years ago from a drug overdose a few days after his 21st birthday. He was on the brink of mainstream success, after starting off by uploading his music to SoundCloud and finding his tribe of fellow indie musicians online. As some of the interviewees acknowledge, Lil Peep was punk for the online generation.
The documentary Everybody’s Everything is exec produced by his mother, Liza Womack, who features in the film, and who is also in the midst of a lawsuit against his music management, some of whom are also featured in the film. The person at the centre of the trial, his tour manager at the time, who it is alleged supplied the lethal dose, unfortunately doesn’t get a start here. Regardless, the film really isn’t about the controversy surrounding his death, but about his far-too-short life, and all the better for it, especially if you’re a fan.
Notably, the documentary is also exec produced by Terrence Malick, a family friend, and also features the beautiful words of Lil Peep’s beloved grandfather John Womack Jr., a highly respected historian and academic.
For fans of the musician, who was also embraced by the fashion industry, Everybody’s Everything will allow them to get a bittersweet insight into their hero. Although Lil Peep famously shared his mental health and drug issues freely online, the footage here from his childhood, plus the thoughts of his family and peers will confirm why his music was embraced so much. But even newcomers will get a great deal out of the film, as it tells an all too familiar tale of a highly talented and sensitive individual, thrust into the spotlight that they crave, and unable to handle the meteoric excesses and adulation. It’s also an intriguing, reflectively complicated study of parental nurturing, on how much do you let your beloved children go to achieve their dreams.
Highly affecting, and the music is transcendent, it’s just such a shame that it also heralds the day the music died.
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