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 ... Self - drums, Death
Bobby Hackney Bobby Hackney ... Self - bass and vocals, Death (as Bobby Hackney Sr.)
David Hackney ... Self - guitar, Death (archive footage)
Robbie Duncan Robbie Duncan ... Self / Death-Cuitar
Kathleen Kathleen ... Self - old friend of Death
Earl V. Hackney Jr. Earl V. Hackney Jr. ... Self - not a member of Death (as Earl Hackney Jr.)
Victor Veve Victor Veve ... Self / Lambsbread-Organ, Keyboards
Majora Florida Hackney Majora Florida Hackney ... Self - mother of the Hackney brothers
Victor Twiggs Victor Twiggs ... Self / Lamdsbread-Percussion
The Beatles ... Themselves (archive footage)
The Who ... Themselves (archive footage)
Don Davis Don Davis ... Self - chief executive officer, Groovesville Productions
Brian Spears ... Self - director of publishing 1972-1978, Groovesville Productions
Steve Williams Steve Williams ... Self / Rough Francis
Steve Comegno Steve Comegno ... Self / 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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My Brother David
Written and Performed by Sam Retzer
Courtesy of Echo Park Music and Sound
Tim Matt and Sam, LLC (ASCAP)
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Family, Faith, Art, Spirit, Punk Rock
22 October 2013 | by Scott_MercerSee all my reviews

A bittersweet tale involving the intensity of rock and roll of the wildest, most bracing sort, the vindication of art and the uncompromised vision of a dreamer, an artist like so many, who had to die before the world caught on to his genius.

A heartwarming tale of the strong bonds of family and the unknown surprises lurking in almost all of our pasts.

A film where the heroic role of the rescuers and redeemers is taken up by record collector nerds and glasses-wearing hipsters (YAY!)

A story that, like all the greatest documentaries, is true, but feels so much like a feel-good Hollywood fairy tale that you can't believe it all really happened. But it did.

This is really corny, but hey, when a film is this good, why not indulge in the oldest possible style of film hype: You'll Laugh! You'll Cry! You'll Cheer! Go See A Band Called Death! The Most Feelgood film of the year with the word death in the title!

If you like this, check out "Anvil! The Story of Anvil." Just as tearjerking and entertaining.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 June 2013 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,839, 30 June 2013

Gross USA:

$127,257

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$127,257
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