Sunday, August 4, 2013

Death rockumentary hits T.O. August 16

Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was Death. Formed in the early 1970s by three teenage brothers from Detroit, Death is credited as being the first black punk band, and the Hackney brothers, David, Bobby, and Dannis, are now rightly considered pioneers. But it wasn’t until recently — when a dusty 1974 demo tape made its way out of Bobby’s attic and was issued by the Drag City label nearly thirty years after Death’s 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. A Band Called Death opens Friday (August 16) at TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King West at John) and runs until Thursday (August 22). Call 416-399-TIFF for tickets or visit the TIFF site right here.

NOTE: Producer Scott Mosier will be present for a Q&A following the 7:15pm screening on Friday, August 16th to field queries better answered by the film's directors Jeff Howlett & Mark Covino and/or the members of Death.

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