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Near the beginning of So Glad I Made It, singer songwriter Roger Salloom says, “In my 20s, I did it for sex, drugs, and rock ’n roll. Now, I’m doing it just for the music.” With that the former leader of a 1960’s San Francisco psychedelic rock band and 1970’s Nashville songwriter who had once been hailed as the next Bob Dylan embarks on a journey to revive his music career and reclaim some of the promise of his youth.

So Glad I Made It is not just the story of a talented songwriter for whom commercial success has been elusive. It’s also about the struggle of an artist to be who he really is. The film traces Salloom’s career from his roots as a folk singer in Worcester, Massachusetts and at Indiana University to the heady days when he shared the stage at the Fillmore and Avalon Ballrooms with now legendary rock figures like Santana and Van Morrison.

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So Glad I Made It features the music of Roger Salloom, a talented songwriter who had given up on the music business for 20 years before deciding on one more try. The film also includes live performances by Grammy Award winners James Cotton and The Blind Boys of Alabama. It weaves powerful musical performances with contemporary verité and candid interviews into a portrayal of “the other side” of “Behind the Music.”

The film also includes a reunion with Marshall Chess, the record executive who signed 22 year old Roger Salloom to a record deal in 1968. Chess asks the inevitable question, “So what happened, man? We got airplay and we definitely got good reviews, but it didn’t happen.”

Roger at Pines