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Aug 22, 2013

A Band Called Death

Punk before punk existed, three teenage brothers in the early ’70s formed a band in their spare bedroom, began playing a few local gigs and even pressed a single in the hopes of getting signed. But this was the era of Motown and emerging disco. Record companies found Death’s music— and band name—too intimidating, and the group were never given a fair shot, disbanding before they even completed one album. Equal parts electrifying rockumentary and epic family love story, A Band Called Death chronicles the incredible fairy-tale journey of what happened almost three decades later, when a dusty 1974 demo tape made its way out of the attic and found an audience several generations younger. Playing music impossibly ahead of its time, Death is now being credited as the first black punk band (hell…the first punk band!), and are finally receiving their long overdue recognition as true rock pioneers.

I saw these guys at Fun Fun Fun Fest in 2009. (That’s my doodle, above.) This doc got a little sluggish in the middle, but the music kicks ass, and the story choked me up quite a bit, as it’s really a story about brothers and spirituality as much as it is about music. (Sidenote: a great article could be written about all the mothers of famous musicians who encouraged their kids practice in the house.)

Recommended. Also check out their album, …For The Whole World To See.

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    Amazing documentary, watch this
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    Funny how most people are recognized only after they’ve past away. Leave a legacy.
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