New Movie About The Teacher Whose Kids Sang In The 1979 “Brick In The Wall” Floyd Video
There’s a movie being made about the British teacher whose students sang the chorus of the classic PINK FLOYD jam, “Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)”. Not to spoil it for you, but he got FIRED for letting the kids do it.
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From an article at Spinner:
In 1979, Alun Renshaw was the head of music at Islington Green School, a struggling public high school in inner-city London. He was a radical teacher; he wore blue jeans, smoked in class and had a poster of the Sex Pistols’ ‘Never Mind the Bollocks’ above his desk.
“I was a rather controversial figure,” he tells Spinner.
Thirty years later, he can add subject of a proposed Hollywood film to his resume. That’s because it was Renshaw who arranged for a group of students to sing on ‘Another Brick in the Wall, Part II,’ from Pink Floyd‘s classic rock opera, ‘The Wall.’
With the lyrics “We don’t need no education” and “Hey, teacher, leave them kids alone,” that diatribe against the English school system caused quite the controversy when it hit the charts more than three decades ago. Now that film producer Andy Harries of 2006’s ‘The Queen‘ has announced plans to make a film based on Renshaw’s life, the controversial tune is the unlikely inspiration for a film described as ‘School of Rock’ meets ‘Dead Poets Society.’
Renshaw, who never bothered to clear the project with the school’s headmistress or the student’s parents and ended up getting fired for his efforts, says he didn’t have reservations about the lyrics at the time, and certainly doesn’t now.
“The lyrics are bloody true,” he says. “It was an album about [Pink Floyd singer-bassist] Roger Waters‘ life; he wasn’t attacking the education system, but the education system he was taught under.”