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Paul Miil's Origin of Neil Peart documentary now online

Mon, Feb 16, 2015@12:22PM | comments

Neil Peart with J.R. FloodBack in late 2009 documentary filmmaker Paul Miil released a film via YouTube titled The Big Story of Small Potatoes which explored the Niagara music scene of the late 60's and early 70's of which Neil Peart played a major part. The film was originally intended to focus on Neil Peart but later increased in scope as he conducted his research. Miil still planned on releasing a Peart-focused documentary at some future point though, and just yesterday posted his 48-minute Origin of Neil Peart film to YouTube. The documentary includes a lot of footage not originally included the Big Story of Small Potatoes doc. Just like the original, Neil Peart himself was not interviewed for the film but several of his former pre-Rush bandmates are, including members of The Majority, Hush and J.R. Flood. Coincidentally, just last week a 1970 demo tape (full album) recording of Neil playing drums with J.R. Flood was made available online. You can watch the entire Origin of Neil Peart film below or on YouTube here: