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Unknown Passage: The Dead Moon Story (2006)

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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 ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Fred Cole ...
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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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Great movie to watch
17 August 2008 | by (Gronigen, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

As detailed as Hans Kesteloo in his comment I won't go. ;-)

In 1994 (it was a memorable day as it was the same day Formula 1-racer Ayrton Senna crashed and died) I saw the band for the first time in Vera, Groningen. Got caught by their music. Simply garagerock and lo-fi. Note that all their CD's are recorded in mono.

Followed the band throughout the years, enjoyed the gigs a lot and sadly at the end of 2006 they quit. It was only by accident I found out that they restarted again as Pierced Arrows, so went to the gig. Found out about the DVD Unknown Passage a while before and ordered it. Great fun to watch, not only for Dead Moon-fans. I have to admit that during the Range Rats-period and the talking about losing drummers all the time my mind went a little bit to Spinal Tap, but that's not it at all of course. This is the real thing. 2 people with love for their music, each other and their kids and grandkids in no particular order I guess. Started out with almost nothing, build up their own company.

The old shots of the 60s, 70s and 80s are really a surprise when you know only Dead Moon. I was familiar with Zipper, but the Weeds, Lollipop Shoppe and Range Rats were unknown to me.

The extra's on the DVD contain another 1,5 hours of material.

Don't know if the movie has reached the cinema's. Perhaps only at Vera, but then I must have missed it in one way or another.

Film is highly recommended for music-fans.

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