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Almost Famous Scene 7

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Scene 7

Scene 7

"Honest and Unmerciful"

  • We cut to William and Lester walking together outside. We learn that Lester has been receiving pieces of music writing from William, who has become an aspiring rock journalist.
  • Lester informs William that his writing is good but that rock and roll is over. "Over?" William asks. "You got here just in time for the last death rattle," Lester explains. "The last gasp. The last grope." "Well at least I'm here for that," William says.
  • We cut to a cafĂ©, where William and Lester sit and chat. Lester tells William what to expect on the road as a touring rock journalist.
  • "These people are not your friends," Lester warns of the rock stars. "These are people who want you to write sanctimonious stories about the genius of rock stars, and they will ruin rock and roll and strangle everything we love about it."
  • Lester advises William to get out while he still can and "go be a lawyer or something." William smiles. It's clear he's not going to do that.
  • Lester eventually offers William an assignment: 1,000 words on Black Sabbath.
  • "You have to make your reputation on being honest and unmerciful," Lester explains, as William scribbles this information down. Lester offers his help going forward, and the two end their conversation on a positive note.

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