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Synopsis: 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 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 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 fairytale 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.

Genre

Documentary / Music

Rated

NR

Language

English

Run Time

96 minutes

Available Territories

United States

Starring

Bobby Hackney (Himself)
David Hackney
Dannis Hackney
Alice Cooper

Directed by

Mark Covino
Jeff Howlett

Produced by

Jeff Howlett
Mark Covino
Scott Mosier
Matthew Perniciaro
Kevin Mann
Jerry Ferrara

Awards

SXSW - USA - 2012

24 Beats per Second, Audience Award (A Band Called Death)

Official selection

SXSW - USA - 2012

Los Angeles Film Festival - USA - 2012

Hamptons International Film Festival - USA - 2012

Traverse City Film Festival - USA - 2013

Quotes

A moving testament to the enduring power of family ties and groundbreaking music. - The Hollywood Reporter

Press

IndieWire - L.A. Film Fest Review: 'A Band Called Death' Rewrites Punk History, And Tells An Emotional Story of Faith And Family - Katie Walsh, 12/22/2012

The Hollywood Reporter - LAFF Review: A better-than-fiction doc resurrects a seminal African-American rock band. - Justin Lowe, 07/22/2012

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Country of Origin

USA

Production Year

2012

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