Critic Consensus: 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.
Tracks the tumultuous rise of two talented musicians, Anton Newcombe, leader of the Brian Jonestown Massacre, and Courtney Taylor, leader of the Dandy Warhols, and dissects their star-crossed friendship and bitter rivalry. Both are hell-bent on staging a self-proclaimed revolution of the music industry. Through their loves and obsessions, gigs and recordings, arrests and death threats, uppers and downers, and ultimately to their chance at a piece of the profit-driven music business. How each handles his stab at "success" is where the relationship frays and burns. … More
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Critic Reviews for Dig!
[An] unflinching look at the rock world.
It's a classic music soap opera, but never told with a more raw scream for help at its center.
I must admit that I came out of DiG! with a certain degree of admiration for Newcombe -- and for this documentary.
In a year that has seen several fascinating documentaries on famous rock stars and their problems, Dig! stands out for being about musicians who only think they should be famous. And, man, do they have problems.
Its power comes from Timoner sticking with the story over the long haul -- on the road, in hotel rooms, backstage -- getting in-your-face footage and telling a good tale with it.
Audience Reviews for Dig!
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.
Brian Jamestown Massacre guy is a fucking dipshit.
This document of a douchetard convention is either the worst music documentary ever made or the best comedy ever made. The battle between Newcombe and Taylor as far as who's more pretentious is easily won by Taylor, but Newcombe definitely takes the cake for being more fucked up. Dig is great if you're looking for laughs, but Taylor's "I'm so fucking cool" narration drags it down when Newcombe isn't acting like a total asswipe in the most entertaining of ways. Any interest I had in listening to Brian Jonestown Massacre is now completely out of my system and if I had any Dandy Warlhols albums to sell that would definitely make the top of my to-do list even though I don't mind the Warhols' music. But the more I think about this, the more I laugh. The BJM show at the communist headquarters, Newcombe's ramblings and impromptu fights, Taylor playing shirtless--it's all gold.
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