Almost Famous tells the semi-autobiographical story of William Miller (Patrick Fugit), a 15-year-old kid hired by Rolling Stone magazine to tour with—and write about—an up-and-coming rock band called Stillwater. It is a witty coming-of-age film covering the topics of life, morals, and love. Almost Famous involves the conflict between the values the teen has been taught by his mother and the social values he is learning from the rock band and their groupies, called “Band-Aids.”
The film is director Cameron Crowe’s semi-autobiographical account of life as a youngRolling Stone reporter. The actual group that Crowe first toured with was The Allman Brothers Band (Gregg Allman was the one who distrusted him and kept asking if he was a narc). Crowe’s real-life near-fatal plane crash happened while traveling with The Who. The character of Russell Hammond (Billy Crudup) is based on Glenn Frey of Eagles.
The Gramercy Park Hotel, at 21st Street and Lexington Avenue, is where Penny Lane was “traded” to the band Humble Pie for $50 and a case of Heineken in a poker game.
Almost Famous was Kate Hudson’s breakout film. The daughter of famous actress Goldie Hawn, Kate has been nominated for an Oscar, in addition to receiving many other awards and accolades. She has starred in numerous movies such as How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days, You Me and Dupree, Fool’s Gold, My Best Friend’s Girl, and Bride wars, which also features the Plaza Hotel.
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