"The Mojo Manifesto:
The Life and Times of Mojo Nixon"
Directed by Matt Eskey, the Austin-based bass player with Mojo Nixon & The Toadliquors, the documentary The Mojo Manifesto: The Life and Times of Mojo Nixon recalls the early life and career of one Neill Kirby McMillian Jr., aka the unapologetically irreverent and insanely energetic singer-songwriter responsible for “Jesus at McDonald’s,” “Elvis is Everywhere,” “Debbie Gibson Is Pregnant With My Two-Headed Love Child,” and “Don Henley Must Dead.” The documentary recalls Nixon’s upbringing in Danville, Va., examines the circumstances that led to him hitting the road as a psychobilly rocker, delves deeps into the success he enjoyed as a duo with Skid Roper, and dissects his relationship with MTV in the late 1980s. The Mojo Manifesto: The Life and Times of Mojo Nixon will screen during this year’s SXSW Film Festival at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 16 at the Stateside Theatre. The Mojo Manifesto: The Life and Times of Mojo Nixon is also available for SXSW Film Festival registrants to stream online for 48 hours beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday, March 17. Mojo Nixon & The Toadliquors, with Matt Eskey on bass, will perform during the SXSW Music Festival at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 17 at the Continental Club. The Mojo Manifesto: The Life and Times of Mojo Nixon represents the directorial debut of Matt Eskey, who plays bass with Mojo Nixon & The Toadliquors as Earl B. Freedom. Eskey was also the founder of the record label Freedom Records.
Aired: March 14, 2022.