Trailer for the documentary Benjamin Smoke.

Robert Dickerson lived in Cabbagetown, a broken shell of a dead mill town near Atlanta, "home of the go-karts and little kids that go to jail really young, whose parents all do inhalants." A veteran performer from the local punk music scene, the heavy-lidded, emaciated Dickerson, known locally as Benjamin Smoke, rasped like Tom Waits with a two pack-a-day habit, often in drag. Before he died of HIV complications in 1999, heaven magically granted him a fantastic wish, to open for Patti Smith who memorialized him in her song, Death Singing.

Film Info

3 min 39 sec Duration
  • Posted: August 29, 2011
  • Director: Jem Cohen
  • Writer: Jem Cohen
  • Studio: Independent
  • Release: June 6, 2000
  • Cast: Unknown or Not Available

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