A BAND CALLED DEATH (film)
July 12 - July 14, 2013
(2012) dir Mark Covino, Jeff Howlett w/Death (Bobby, Dannis, & David Hackney), Alice Cooper, Henry Rollins [96 min]
Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was a band called Death. Three teenage African-American brothers in 1971 Detroit 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 during the reign of Motown, and these guys were punk before punk even existed. Record companies found Death’s music – and band name – too intimidating, and the group were never given a fair shot, disbanding before they even released 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… maybe even the first punk band!), and is finally receiving long overdue recognition as true rock pioneers. Digital Presentation