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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Punk Band Death

Posted by Amoebite, November 20, 2013 12:50pm | Post a Comment

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Some music enthusiasts and critics alike believe the band Death to be the precursors to punk rock. Jack White is quoted as describing them as "ahead of punk and ahead of their time." Mos Def says, "These dudes were pre-Sex Pistols, pre-Bad Brains, pre-all that shit, and nobody knows about them. I don't understand how the world could forget them."

Death The story of Death is the stuff of legend. It's all documented in the film, A Band Called Death, a must see for all fans of music history and punk fans alike. After uncovering master tapes in an attic from sessions in the early '70s, Death's music was finally getting its chance. In 2009, Drag City Records released a 7-song LP entitled ...For The Whole World To See. Soon after, a reformed Death took to the stage, almost 30 years after they formed. Death was alive again!

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A Band Called Death Blew the Doors off Amoeba Hollywood [Video]

Posted by Amoebite, October 8, 2013 06:21pm | Post a Comment

Death

Some music enthusiasts and critics alike believe the band Death to be the precursors to punk rock. Jack White is quoted as describing them as "ahead of punk and ahead of their time." Mos Def says, "These dudes were pre-Sex Pistols, pre-Bad Brains, pre-all that shit, and nobody knows about them. I don't understand how the world could forget them."

The documentary A Band Called Death tells the story of a Detroit band made up of three brothers who pursue a record deal to no avail. Despite interests from big wig Clive Davis, who insited that the band change their name for broader appeal, the group refused and was never signed to a deal. Their demo tapes were boxed away and placed in an attic to be forgotten. Three decades later, a demo tape made its way out of the attic and into the ears of an audience several generations younger.

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In 2009, Drag City Records released a 7-song LP entitled ...For The Whole World To See. Soon after, a reformed Death took to the stage, almost 30 years after they formed.

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A Band Called Death Documentary Opens in SF and Oakland on 7/5!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 30, 2013 07:37pm | Post a Comment

Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols, or even the Ramones, there was a band called Death. Punk before a band called death punkpunk 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 hopes 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 was never given a fair shot. They disbanded 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 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...the first punk band!), and are finally receiving their long overdue recognition as true rock pioneers.

This one-of-a-kind documentary opens on July 5th in San Francisco at the Roxie Theater (tix HERE!) and also in Oakland at Broaklyn Film & Theater Company (tix HERE!).

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Free Screening of "A Band Called Death" Documentary in Los Angeles June 20

Posted by Amoebite, June 5, 2013 01:37pm | Post a Comment

A Band Called Death posterWe are proud to present a free advance screening of a new rock documentary, A Band Called Death, at The Cinefamily in Los Angeles on June 20! The documentary, released by Drafthouse Films and hitting theaters nationwide on June 28, is 42 years in the making.

In Detroit, 1971, three teenage brothers, Bobby, Dannis and David Hackney, dabbled in playing funk music, but after attending an Alice Cooper performance, they transformed into an entirely different band...a band called Death. Their sound was tight, compelling and formidably unique, but they were rejected by record companies until eventually someone reached out to the group with an offer...if they agreed to change their name. They declined. Years later the band sold their instruments and disbanded, with their recordings collecting dust in an attic. Then in 2008, their songs were released online, unbeknownst to the band, and fans went crazy for it.  This is one of the most unlikely true stories you’ll ever hear, and one of the greatest triumphs in rock history.

Death albums have been picked by numerous bands in our What's In My Bag? series. See what the Crystal Antlers and Steve Agee (from The Sarah Silverman Program) said about Death in their videos. 

To attend the advance screening at Cinefamily, RSVP here. You may RSVP for up to 2 tickets. Please note that RSVP does NOT guarantee entry, as seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive early to secure your seats.

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