“A Band Called Death” (2013) is punk rock’s “Searching for Sugar Man” (2012).  If you’ve seen neither movie, you are in for a treat (“Death” can be streamed from Netflix and “Sugar Man” via DVD if you still own a player).  Both documentaries are incredible stories about family and a minority band/musician fighting for survival in the streets of Detroit’s music scene in the early ‘70’s only to be lost and nearly forgotten until decades later when the birth of the Internet and digital publishing helped each rise from the ashes with tears and glory. “Searching for Sugar Man” was great and stirred me to immediately see Rodriguez at the El Ray Theater (which was ok) and go on to love his recordings.  As many know, the film went on to win the 2012 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. However, “A Band Called Death” is equally as great a movie IMO, and while critically acclaimed, was totally dissed on the award circuit.  Recommending you watch the movie (even if you can’t stand punk) and help keep Death alive! 2009 link on Stereogum of a review/mp3 of Death’s song “Politicians in my Eyes” when they got re-discovered/released on the “…For the World to See” album by Drag City Records. 2009 link on BrooklynVegan of a review/mp3 and video of Death playing at Joey Ramone’s birthday bash. 2009 link on PunkNews.org referencing The New York Times article on Death that fueled the fire which spawned the documentary. 2008 link on Chunklet of a review/mp3 of a couple Death songs which ignited the digital publishing music blogosphere.

A Band Called Death” (2013) is punk rock’s “Searching for Sugar Man” (2012).  If you’ve seen neither movie, you are in for a treat (“Death” can be streamed from Netflix and “Sugar Man” via DVD if you still own a player).  Both documentaries are incredible stories about family and a minority band/musician fighting for survival in the streets of Detroit’s music scene in the early ‘70’s only to be lost and nearly forgotten until decades later when the birth of the Internet and digital publishing helped each rise from the ashes with tears and glory.

“Searching for Sugar Man” was great and stirred me to immediately see Rodriguez at the El Ray Theater (which was ok) and go on to love his recordings.  As many know, the film went on to win the 2012 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

However, “A Band Called Death” is equally as great a movie IMO, and while critically acclaimed, was totally dissed on the award circuit.  Recommending you watch the movie (even if you can’t stand punk) and help keep Death alive!

2009 link on Stereogum of a review/mp3 of Death’s song “Politicians in my Eyes” when they got re-discovered/released on the “…For the World to See” album by Drag City Records.

2009 link on BrooklynVegan of a review/mp3 and video of Death playing at Joey Ramone’s birthday bash.

2009 link on PunkNews.org referencing The New York Times article on Death that fueled the fire which spawned the documentary.

2008 link on Chunklet of a review/mp3 of a couple Death songs which ignited the digital publishing music blogosphere.