Keyboard Fantasies: The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story (2019)

  • 1h 2m
  • Posy Dixon

Da et glemt kassettebånd opdages og genudgives, udfolder livet sig på ny for det aldrende, sorte, transkønnede musikgeni.

Som ung, afroamerikansk kvinde med en strafbar homoseksualitet var Beverly Copeland en outsider i 1960’erne, hvor hun var den eneste sorte studerende ved det klassiske musikakademi i Canada. 20 år senere, og inspireret af sci-fi og en voksende følelse af ikke at være en kvinde, udgiver Copeland ‘Keyboard Fantasies’ – et smukt, futuristisk new-age-folk-album. Lysår forud for sin tid gik det i glemmebogen. Men tre årtier senere finder livet sin egen særegne rytme. Albummet genudgives og den 74-årige musiker – nu med mandlig mellemnavn og identitet – drager på verdensturne og bliver hyldet som et geni og en pioner.

When a forgotten tape is rediscovered, life takes a new turn for the ageing, black, transgender musical genius.

As a young, African-American woman and homosexual (which at the time was illegal), Beverly Copeland was an outsider in the 1960s, where she was the only black student of the academy of classical music where studied in Canada. 20 years later, and inspired by sci-fi and a growing sense of not being a woman, Copeland released the beautiful, futuristic new age folk album ‘Keyboard Fantasies’. Light years ahead of its time, the album sunk into oblivion. But three decades later, life finds its own peculiar rhythm. The album has been re-released and the 74-year-old musician – who now goes by a male middle name and identity – is on a world tour and is hailed as a genius and pioneer.

Director

Posy Dixon

Producer

Liv Proctor