ByHeather Snowden, writer at
Lover of bad puns, nostalgic feels and all things Winona. Email: [email protected] Tweet: @heathbetweetin
Heather Snowden

“One day, you’ll be cool. Look under your bed. It will set you free.”

15 years ago today, a 15-year-old William Miller became one of the most enviable teenagers on the planet when he was assigned by Rolling Stone Magazine to cover up-and-coming rock band, Stillwater. Still wet behind the ears, we followed young Miller as he joined the gang of Almost Famous musicians on their concert tour across America and pined for his little heart as he fell desperately in love with the hippest chick with the coolest name and sickest coat, Penny Lane.

Inspired by his elder sister (Zooey Deschanel) fleeing the nest, totally ignoring his strict and distrusting mother (Frances McDormand) and taking advice from his critic-mentor (Philip Seymour Hoffman), the high-schooler hit the road and temporarily lived the rock-and-roll lifestyle most of us can only dream of. And what we got was an inspiring, witty, beautifully written, endlessly quotable, musically rich and fantastically dressed coming-of-age tale.

“And you can tell Rolling Stone magazine that my last words were … I’m on drugs!”

"I have to go home..." "You are home"

Oh, how I wanted to be on that bus! The tour ended a decade and a half ago, way back in the year 2000 so check out what the bright-eyed clan of the Almost Famous look like now...

Russell Hammond - Billy Crudup

Elaine Miller - Frances McDormand

Penny Lane - Kate Hudson

Jeff Bebe - Jason Lee

William Miller - Patrick Fugit

Anita Miller - Zooey Deschanel

Lester Bangs - Philip Seymour Hoffman

Polexia Aphrodisia - Anna Paquin

“I always tell the girls never take it seriously. If you never take it seriously, you never get hurt. If you never get hurt, you always have fun. And if you ever get lonely, you can just go to the record store and visit your friends.”


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