Legendary documentary director D.A. Pennebaker, now in his 80s, is staying busy: His director’s cut of the National’s May gig at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the first live Webcast on Vevo, is now up on a special YouTube channel. A clip appears above.
The Brooklyn band is in pretty solid company among Pennebaker’s camera subjects: He helmed the incomparable 1967 Bob Dylan documentary “Dont Look Back,” shot the Monterey Pop Festival and followed David Bowie and the Spiders From Mars at the height of their fame in 1973. These days the director works with his wife Chris Hegedus.
The Web exposure for the National’s hometown show supplied some important lift-off for the band’s 4AD album “High Violet,” which debuted at No. 3 in May.