Before there was punk rock, Detroit was home to a band called Death.
A Band Called DeathThe Cinefamily (611 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036) Map it $12
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A Band Called Death is a documentary 42 years in the making. It's one of the most unlikely true stories that you'll ever hear, and one of the greatest triumphs in rock history. Detroit, 1971. Three teenage brothers, Bobby, Dannis, and David Hackney dabbled in playing funk music, but after they attended a particularly thunderous Alice Cooper performance, the Hackeys' group "Rock Fire Funk Express" gradually transformed into an entirely different band...a band called DEATH.
Their sound was tight, compelling and formidably unique. Death's rampaging drive was clearly "punk," but the Ramones were still years from stricking their first power chord. After months of rejections from record companies, someone reached out to the group with an offer...if they agreed to change their name. The answer was no. After years of disappointment and still no recording contract, they had no battle left in them. Death sold off their instruments and disbanded, with their recordings laying dormant in an attic for years.
Or so they thought. In 2008, Death songs began making the rounds virally across the internet. Bobby and Dannis remained unaware. Collectors went rabid. The recordings were pulled from the attic, and it wasn't long before the world finally caught up with the band's unparalleled, innovatory vision.
You can attend a screening of A BAND CALLED DEATH at The Cinefamily on June 30, 2013.