In the early 70s, the Finnish guitarist Jukka Tolonen,
celebrated by the international music press, chose to continue
his well-begun solo career instead of joining the bands of artists
such as Cat Stevens and Abba. However, things didn't go as
planned. By the late 90s, Tolonen found himself living in
staircases in Stockholm and ended up in Kerava Prison in
2008 for assaulting his girlfriend under the infl uence of
amphetamine and alcohol. His life had been a mess for a long
time, his marriages had broken up and he was in poor health.
Doctors considered it a miracle that he was even alive.
The documentary follows Tolonen from 2006 onwards, from
the time just before the sad incident through druggy guitar
sessions, the trial, prison time and his release. The film winds
up in year 2012 - in a studio where Timo Kämäräinen, Risto
Toppola and Teemu Viinikainen are recording a tribute album of
Tolonen's compositions. Jukka attends the recordings and passes
the baton to a new generation of master musicians. The
documentary is a warm and touching story of giving up, survival
and finding a new beginning. It is also a story of how Tolonen's
music continues to live on in the hands of young musicians.
The tribute album Kämäräinen, Toppola, Viinikainen
Play Tolonen was released at the turn of 2014.