A Band Called Death (2013)



Critic Consensus: A Band Called Death is not only a fascinating portrait of a pioneering rock group, but also a tribute to family ties and perseverance in the face of hardship.

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Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was a band called Death. 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. … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Documentary
Directed By: ,
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 13, 2013
Box Office: $0.1M
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Critic Reviews for A Band Called Death

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (17)

An especially pointed variation on one of music's most oft-told tales: A band formed ahead of its time sits in muffled obscurity while others reap the harvest of what it first planted.

Full Review… | August 16, 2013
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Fortunately, Bobby and Dannis, the surviving brothers, prove genial company.

Full Review… | July 12, 2013
Boston Globe
Top Critic

If the brothers seem a little drunk on their own myth, they're also genuinely humbled by the band's rediscovery and warmed by the fact that their kids have carried on the family tradition.

Full Review… | July 3, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A Band Called Death shines the light on a previously unexplored corner of musical history and does it in an accessible, straightforward manner.

Full Review… | July 3, 2013
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
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Their story can feel almost too ready-made for the telling, but it's well worth a listen.

Full Review… | June 28, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

Death lives!

Full Review… | February 4, 2014
SF Weekly

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