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A Band Called Death

Dir. Jeff Howlett, Mark Covino | 2012 | 98 min

The story of three brothers from Detroit who were punk before punk was punk.

Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols, or even the Ramones, there was Death. Formed in the early ’70s by three teenage brothers from Detroit, Death is credited as being the first black punk band - maybe the first punk band, period - David, Bobby, and Dannis Hackney are now considered pioneers in their field. But it wasn’t until recently - when a dusty 1974 demo tape made its way out of Bobby’s attic, nearly 30 years after Death’s brief and monumentally unsuccessful heyday - that anyone outside a small group of punk enthusiasts had even heard of them. Equal parts electrifying rockumentary and epic family chronicle, the story of Death is one of brotherly love and fierce, divinely inspired expression.

Featuring
Death
Also Appearing
Henry Rollins
Questlove
Alice Cooper
Kid Rock
Vernon Reid
Jello Biafra
Country
United States
Genres
Punk
Tags
comeback
cult band
Detroit
family
protopunk