Detroit Film Theatre


A BAND CALLED DEATH

Friday, February 21, 2014

9:30 PM Detroit Film Theatre

(USA/2013—directed by Jeff Howlett and Mark Covino)
 
Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was a Detroit band called Death. Started in the early 1970s by three teenage brothers – born to a Baptist preacher and his wife in 1950s Detroit – the band played some local gigs, but in the era of Motown and the budding age of disco, record companies found the band’s music, as well as its name, too intimidating and downright dangerous, causing the group to disband. And then, three decades later, an old 1974 demo tape found its way to a new, younger audience; today, Death, the first black punk band (perhaps the first punk band, period) is receiving its long-overdue recognition as true musical pioneers. (98 min.)  
 
“A moving testament to the enduring power of family ties and groundbreaking music.” –The Hollywood Reporter   
 
“This rock doc re-writes punk history.” –IndieWire
 
“Powerful and compelling from start to finish.” –Variety