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Unknown Passage: The Dead Moon Story (2006)

Undisputedly written into the annals of rock history and dedicated to the most sincere methods of the DIY ethos, Northwest musicians Dead Moon (Andrew Loomis and Fred & Toody Cole) have ... See full summary »

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Undisputedly written into the annals of rock history and dedicated to the most sincere methods of the DIY ethos, Northwest musicians Dead Moon (Andrew Loomis and Fred & Toody Cole) have intentionally cut out the bullshit, and left the major labels and "commercial success" behind. Unknown Passage: The Dead Mood Story follows the band on the road and at home, chronicling lifestyle rock and rollers who happen to also be small business owners and grandparents. Beginning with footage of a 14 year-old Deep Soul Cole ("the white Stevie Wonder"), Unknown Passage tells the history of one of the most reclusive bands through their various garage, psych, folk, and punk rock incarnations. Today, pressing their records at home, in a house they built from the ground up, Dead Moon run their own "frontier mini-mall," record label and music store, while in their spare time "keep one gig ahead of a day job" by touring through the US and Europe-with the occasional 15-hour penny-slots casino pitstop. Here... Written by Anonymous

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Best R'nRoll Documentary ever, since it's R'nRoll in it's purest form
17 September 2006 | by (Amsterdam, Holland) – See all my reviews

After a 5 years wait, I finally had the opportunity to view this announced Documentary on one of the pure-ist independent R'nRoll bands ever: DEAD MOON.

This documentary catches the band, as they are: in private, on the road, performing, before and after. Kate and Jason joined the band on one of their extensive European Tours in 2001, USA tour and at home in Portland, in private, and shot one of the most emotional footage, telling their story so far.

Dead Moon is cult - Their story starts in 1964 with open end, to be continued. as -Seattle Weekly writes: The ultimate punk-rock feel-good flick". No other band in history can show such a story as Fred and Toody Cole plus Andrew Loomis lived and still are. Indisputably written into the annals of rock history and dedicated to the most sincere methods of the DIY ethos, Northwest musicians Dead Moon have intentionally cut out the bullshit, and left the major labels and "commercial success" behind. Cutting their record masters at home. In a house they built from the ground up, Dead Moon run their own "frontier mini-mall" record label and instrument store. In their spare time they "keep one gig ahead of a day job" with relentless touring across the US and Europe, legendary sweat-soaked live performances-and occasional 15 hour penny-slot casino pit-stop.

Far away from any commercial influence and without any third parties being involved DEAD MOON climb to the top of being one of the most steady garage and punk bands of 21st century. This is the Story of 40 years of R'nRoll, from the 60's garage band the Weeds to Dead moon is a huge bridge to cross. This films shows you all of that. Dead Moon's cult status within their hometown Portland, Oregon, is established. Little is known around the world yet. Therefor this documentary with lots of concert footage is a must see. The most honest, straight forward, energize, low budget Rock 'n Roll train ever, as it all happens in MONO.

Unknown Passage offers an intimate documentary portrait of the compelling history and personality behind these rebel rock icons.

Fred Cole started his R 'n' Roll career in 1964 as DEEP SOUL COLE (the white Stevie Wonder), continued in 1965 with THE WEEDS (Mid-sixties punk), changed the name into THE LOLLIPOP SHOPPE in 1967 and had a cult-hit in that year with 'You Must Be A Witch'. Played all clubs on the West-Coast and supported groups like Moby Grape, The Doors, The Seeds, Janis Joplin and Big Brother, The Yardbirds, Animals, Jefferson Airplane and....... you name it..... He and his family got tired of R 'n Roll life at the end of the 60's, and moved out to Alaska and built their own block-hut, lived of fishing and hunting bears for some time. In the early 70's Fred formed his Hard-Rock group ZIPPER, went country with THE WESTERN FRONT, and hardcore punk with THE RATS, trying a guitar for the first time, while Toody picked up the bass.They returned to R 'n Roll with KING BEE, and DESPERATE EDGE. Inbetween Fred formed a 60's cover band THE TORPEDOS, and they played all over Oregon. All adventures, experiences, frustrations, anger and disillusions through all those years, made Fred and Toody do DEAD MOON. They turned out to become the best Rock 'n' Roll band in the world today. Don't you dare to miss them. It might change your life. No overdubs or remixes, guitar-strings break, out of tune guitars, unintentional participation keeps all this alive as it happens in mono.

(This is no Spinal Tap) Hans Kesteloo, Amsterdam, Holland


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