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Revenge of the Mekons (2014)



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"The Mekons are the most revolutionary group in the history of rock 'n' roll" - rock critic Lester Bangs. A genre-defying collective who emerged from the 1977 British punk scene, The Mekons progressed from socialist art students with no musical skills to the prolific, raucous progeny of Hank Williams. The film follows their improbable history - a surprising and influential embrace of folk and country music; forays into the art world (collaborations with Vito Acconci and Kathy Acker); and consistent bad luck with major record labels. Fans Jonathan Franzen, Luc Sante, Will Oldham, Mary Harron, Fred Armisen, and Greil Marcus testify to the power of their music and their artistic innovations. REVENGE OF THE MEKONS reveals how, four decades into an ever-evolving career, The Mekons continue to make bold, unpredictable music while staying true to the punk ethos.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
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Box Office: $11.6k
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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (9)

Above all, the movie celebrates a band that half-heartedly tried to be rock stars and became people instead, singing people's music with the fervor and affection of companions together as night gathers and closing time nears.

Full Review… | July 16, 2015
Boston Globe
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It asserts that clearly the Mekons' revenge has been their continued success, in making music with friends completely on their own terms.

Full Review… | June 19, 2015
Los Angeles Times
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If they symbolize anything, the Mekons represent every musically curious and adventurous group that matures without calcifying, or falling apart.

Full Review… | April 16, 2015
Chicago Tribune
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Not even the buoyant, self-deprecating spirit that spills from the band members can mask the fact that Angio never makes the most fundamental case: why there should be a Mekons movie in the first place.

Full Review… | November 5, 2014
Entertainment Weekly
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If revenge can be measured in years of continued creativity, this film shows the Mekons have had theirs.

Full Review… | October 29, 2014
Time Out
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In a way, this marvelous movie does show that the Mekons have declined, because they've become the one thing punk rockers never ever want to be: lovable.

Full Review… | October 29, 2014
New York Post
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