Whatever Happened to…Bill Maxwell?

I used to be a huge Keith Green fan. I rarely listen to his music today, but when I do I’m transported to a different place and time as a young Christian.

imgresA constant in Keith’s music was Bill Maxwell. Bill was his drummer and, more importantly, his producer, crafting an album’s overall sound and feel. Since Keith’s death in 1982, Bill’s been busy through the years in the music business with other artists. (Here’s a recent interview he did on Elton John’s website, where he talks about his beginnings in music, including working with T Bone Burnett.)

Recently I watched 20 Feet from Stardom, the 2014 Academy Award winner for best documentary. Intermittently sandwiched between interviews with Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen, the filmmakers interviewed a certain Bill Maxwell, who I think was referred to as “Vocal Producer.” Looking at him, I said to my wife, “I wonder if that’s the Bill Maxwell who worked with Keith Green?”

A brief Google search confirmed it indeed is that Bill Maxwell.

I’ve searched online for some video of Bill from the documentary but am coming up empty. But the movie was fascinating, and well worth watching even if the Bill Maxwell reference is lost on you.

Never heard of Keith Green? His debut album For Him Who Has Ears to Hear, widely regarded as his best work, is where to begin.

And the best scene in 20 Feet from Stardom? This one: