In the context of America’s suspect health-care system, the stroke suffered by New York guitarist Jason Crigler in August 2004 was a family’s worst nightmare. Crigler survived (barely), but bleeding in his brain reduced him to a vegetative state. This documentary charts both the musician’s ordeal and his improbable recovery. Watching Crigler go from likable, ax-wielding guy to a prone figure who can’t even close his mouth, and then his eventual return to the stage, is inspiring, and reaffirms our belief in the healing power of rock & roll.
Eric Daniel Metzgar