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A Band Called Death (2012)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography, Music | 28 June 2013 (USA)
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A documentary on the 1970s punk trio Death, and their new-found popularity decades after they disbanded.

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Mark Christopher Covino (as Mark Covino), Jeff Howlett
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dannis Hackney Dannis Hackney ... Himself, drums, Death
Bobby Hackney Bobby Hackney ... Himself, bass and vocals, Death (as Bobby Hackney Sr.)
David Hackney ... Himself, guitar, Death (archive footage)
Robbie Duncan Robbie Duncan ... Himself / Death-Cuitar
Kathleen Kathleen ... Herself, old friend of Death
Earl V. Hackney Jr. Earl V. Hackney Jr. ... Himself, not a member of Death (as Earl Hackney Jr.)
Victor Veve Victor Veve ... Himself / Lambsbread-Organ, Keyboards
Majora Florida Hackney Majora Florida Hackney ... Herself, mother of the Hackney brothers
Victor Twiggs Victor Twiggs ... Himself / Lamdsbread-Percussion
The Beatles ... Themselves (archive footage)
The Who ... Themselves (archive footage)
Don Davis Don Davis ... Himself - chief executive officer, Groovesville Productions
Brian Spears Brian Spears ... Himself, director of publishing 1972-1978, Groovesville Productions
Steve Williams Steve Williams ... Himself / Rough Francis
Steve Comegno Steve Comegno ... Himself / Rough Francis
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Storyline

Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was 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 hoped 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 it way out of the attic and found an audience several generations younger. Playing music impossible 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. Written by Drafthouse Films

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 June 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A banda neve: Halál See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,839, 30 June 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$125,856, 15 September 2013
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Seeking The Life That's To Be
Performed by The 4th Movement
Written by Bobby Hackney (as B. Hackney), Dannis Hackney (as D. Hackney)
Courtesy of Elect Music Publishing
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Joy through disappointment and devotion
25 May 2014 | by kineticandroidSee all my reviews

There's an undercurrent of disappointment throughout the story of a band called Death. Misunderstood and marginalized in their time, they endured a lot of rejection and settled into lives that turned out differently than for what they had hoped. Then, after their music is rediscovered and shared, they reunite, but with a heavy heart knowing their visionary leader did not live to see the rebirth. And yet, through that malaise, the band's story is one of joy, familial devotion, and believing in something so strongly, it can't help but come true. It shows that powerful art can create double lives. It shows the unknown pleasures of digging into the past for the untold stories. And the songs? Dang man, these songs slay.


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