ARTS Pick: A Band Called Death

The sons of a Baptist preacher in Detroit evolve classic rock into groundbreaking kickass punk in the documentary A Band Called Death. The sons of a Baptist preacher in Detroit evolve classic rock into groundbreaking kickass punk in the documentary A Band Called Death.

Three years before the Ramones launched their iconic schtick, a trio of brothers started the first American proto-punk band in Detroit. They wrote short, fast songs with driving rhythms and lyrics about politics, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll, and of course, existential crises. Their pure originality and aggressiveness made them a hard sell commercially in the early ’70s, and the band name didn’t help either. A Band Called Death chronicles the inspirational and heartbreaking story of an archetypal group whose time was cut short after recording its one and only death-defying album.

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