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A Band Called Death

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Mark Christopher Covino & Jeff Howlett

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About the Movie

Punk before punk existed, three teenage brothers in the early '70s formed a band in their spare bedroom, began playing a few local gigs and even pressed a single in the hopes of getting signed. But this was the era of Motown and emerging disco. Record companies found Death’s music— and band name—too intimidating, and the group were never given a fair shot, disbanding before they even completed one album. Equal parts electrifying rockumentary and epic family love story, A Band Called Death chronicles the incredible fairy-tale journey of what happened almost three decades later, when a dusty 1974 demo tape made its way out of the attic and found an audience several generations younger. Playing music impossibly ahead of its time, Death is now being credited as the first black punk band (hell...the first punk band!), and are finally receiving their long overdue recognition as true rock pioneers.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 48
  • Fresh: 45
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 7.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Their story can feel almost too ready-made for the telling, but it's well worth a listen. – Nicolas Rapold, New York Times, Jun 28, 2013

Fresh: [An] unexpectedly emotional docu on the revival of an African-American rock group that's among those to usher in punk music. – Robert Koehler, Variety, Jun 20, 2013

Fresh: If ever a movie about punk deserved to be called legitimately sweet and life-affirming, it's the documentary "A Band Called Death." – Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, Jun 27, 2013

Fresh: [A] generous, spirited documentary [that captures] one of the strangest and most inspiring of all family stories of tragedy and triumph that this crazy country has produced. – Andrew O'Hehir,, Jun 27, 2013

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A Band Called Death
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2013

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