DIG!

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So you wanna be a rock 'n' roll star? Dig! compellingly chronicles the ups and downs of the Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre, two ambitious bands whose love/hate relationship embodies many of the potential pratfalls of the music business.

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After the alternative music boom of the early 1990s, two bands choose very different paths to fame. Portland, Oregon's the Dandy Warhols, led by the self-conscious and career-minded Courtney Taylor-Taylor, sign with a major label and score a radio hit. San Francisco's Brian Jonestown Massacre, fronted by the abrasive and unpredictable Anton Newcombe, seemingly go out of their way to impede their own rise to fame with a series of increasingly bizarre incidents, including onstage fistfights.

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Audience Reviews for Dig!

  • Apr 18, 2010
    An extremely well done documentary on bands that I never really knew much about before. Sure I've listened to and own albums from each, but hearing and seeing the background of their inspiration only makes you see them in a different light. If anything, you can sure admire and at the same time hate the bizarre nature of Anton Newcombe. His thought process is like no one else, except for maybe a young Charles Manson. Courtney Taylor is pretty much who you'd expect him to be, but I don't think he's nearly as self centered as he was made out to be. The fact that he was the narrator made him out to be an all knowing prick, but he really is a hard working and brilliant person. It's got everything you can ask for in a Rockumentary; Drugs, gossip and music.
    Conner R Super Reviewer
  • Jun 26, 2009
    Like watching Big Brother
    Lesley N Super Reviewer
  • Jun 23, 2008
    Oh gawd! Another band movie with a bunch of people that I can barely stand with a bunch of people that I can barely remember. Why are these things so damn important to people?
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 16, 2008
    This 2004 rock and roll documentary follows the careers of a pair of rival alternative bands over the course of seven years. I hadn?t heard of wither band before watching the documentary, and I can?t say that it makes me want to run out and buy music from either, but it was still a very interesting story. The film is essentially trying to be Metallica: Some Kind of Monster meets Hoop Dreams, I liked it more than the former and nowhere near as much as the later. Of the two bands The Dandy Warhols came off as not only a more interesting band but also a more agreeable and professional outfit, whereas Anton Newcombe came off as a self destructive cocksucker. The film felt a bit disorganized in the beginning, particularly the continuity, but it reall came together in the second half. I would have liked to hear a little more music, Newcombe is constantly getting high praise and grandiose comparisons and I heard almost nothing in the music displayed here that to explain where this is coming from. The morale of the story is that it takes more than raw talent to succeed, you also need to have your shit together.
    MJS M Super Reviewer

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