Leah Zicari | Bootlegged: A 20-Year Retrospective

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Bootlegged: A 20-Year Retrospective

by Leah Zicari

This DVD compiles footage from concerts and interviews from the last 20 years of Leah's career.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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“Leah Zicari Bootlegged – A 20 Year Retrospective” is a montage of photos, videos, television appearances and interviews spanning the past 20 years of Leah’s career. From her 1986 classical guitar performance at her father’s memorial concert to her 2005 opening act performance for Suzanne Westenhoefer, this DVD delightfully compiles a well-rounded variety of material that takes you through the many facets of Leah’s experience as a performer. The viewer accompanies her on her journey from her early days of performing primarily in the GLBT circuit to the latter years of her career performing on the Indie singer/songwriter scene.

The DVD begins with a photo montage underscored by her song “This Is Me” (from her Pretty on Thursday CD) which sets the tone for the woman you are about to meet. Again. In it the viewer is taken through a myriad of emotions through the honest telling of her songs and her self-deprecating humor. There are plenty of cracks made about her varying hairstyles and –in her words- lack of fashion sense.

Among the tidbits you will find Leah performing in an empty café wearing a nun’s veil superimposed with video from Toronto’s Dykes on Bikes, a revised version of her song “I Wanna Be Wrong”, and a performance of the never-released song “Safe Hands”. There is even a chapter called “Extras” with random clips that didn’t quite fit the main chapter, culminating in a slow motion shot of Leah spitting a pick out of her mouth.

The DVD was conceived and produced by artist Joy Argento. Her seamless and clever treatment of the material makes for a viewing experience that will surprise and entertain all viewers, even if they are not familiar with Leah’s complete oeuvre. Before it was even released it already won the distinction of “Favorite Film” at the 2006 Pride In The Arts Festival.

Whether you’ve followed Leah’s career from the beginning or have only recently become a fan, this DVD will entertain and move you from beginning to end.

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Mark Fisher

One of the premier artists of the last two decades.
You know, there aren't that many quality DVDs that feature independent musicians out there. Heck, since the invention of MySpace there aren't many quality independent musicians out there to make DVDs about. Thankfully music lovers now have a DVD that features one of independent music's most talented artists, Leah Zicari.

Bootlegged is a twenty year retrospective of this amazing artist that plays more like a documentary than a bootlegged concert video. I have always been fascinated by the lives of others so this DVD is perfect for those of you out there like me. Famous people may make the headlines but it's the hoi polloi that have the real stories to tell; stories that touch you personally, stories that change the way you think, and most of all stories that remind you that you are not alone. We are not as unique as we so desperately believe we are.

While the footage here isn't exactly Oscar material (maybe Golden Globes though!) it's always interesting. From backstage at a Buffalo music awards show to television appearances to various concerts, from small stages to large outdoor festivals to intimate performances this DVD paints the picture that too many music fans are missing, Leah Zicari is one of the premier artists of the last two decades. Her story is told her through her music and each step raises the bar, culminating in the "still in my CD changer after all these years" masterpiece Pretty on Thursday. Leah's look may have changed over the years but her skillful guitar work and absolutely beautiful voice have not. Bootlegged proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that she has always had "it" and that it is we who are missing the boat, not vice versa.

Bootlegged is fun to watch, wonderful to listen to, and an amazing opportunity to get to know this independent phenomenon. Go buy it. You won’t be sorry.


One of the top 10 local releases of 2006
One of Rochester's beloved artists, Leah Zicari has been
performing her inspired folk-rock music for years, 20 years to be exact, and it's all well-documented in her cool new DVD. Beginning with a Leah photo montage underscored by her beautiful song "This Is Me", the DVD draws you in to Leah's
warmth as a person and talent as a musician and continues with performances taken from her well-rounded career. Leah's humor and honesty are apparent throughout, giving a true inside look into this talented artist.