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Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone (2011)



Critic Consensus: Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone is an entertaining, heartwarming, and balanced documentary about the influential Los Angeles band.

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From the shifting faultlines of Hollywood fantasies and the economic and racial tensions of Reagan's America, Fishbone rose to become one of the most original bands of the last 25 years. With a blistering combination of punk and funk they demolished the walls of genre and challenged the racial stereotypes and political order of the music industry and the nation. Telling it like it is, the iconic Laurence Fishburne narrates Everyday Sunshine, a story about music, history, fear, courage and funking on the one. At the heart of the film's story is lead singer Angelo Moore and bassist Norwood Fisher who show how they keep the band rolling out of pride, desperation and love for their art. To overcome money woes, family strife, and the strain of being aging Punk rockers on the road, Norwood and Angelo are challenged to re-invent themselves in the face of dysfunction and ghosts from a painful past. -- (C) Official Site
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Critic Reviews for Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (15)

It's a hearty, thoughtful, smartly assembled, vaguely complete documentary about a rock band that, even by the standards of out-there musical acts, seemed out there both in the mid-1980s and even now.

Full Review… | January 10, 2012
Boston Globe
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It's a movie about what it's like to almost make it in the music business, but not really, not quite. It's about coming close and watching it slip away.

Full Review… | January 5, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
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What makes this better than the usual Behind the Music-style doc is the frankness of its subjects and the fun way the filmmakers intersperse Fat Albert-style animation to tell their story.

Full Review… | December 16, 2011
Detroit Free Press
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Even as a hagiography, though, it's pretty interesting.

Full Review… | December 16, 2011
Chicago Reader
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[It] isn't the happiest movie about a band you'll ever see, but it is one of the more entertaining, and thanks to directors Lev Anderson and Christ Metzler, one of the most original.

Full Review… | November 17, 2011
Arizona Republic
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It seems telling just how many other musicians were willing to participate in the documentary to attest to the outfit's influence.

Full Review… | October 21, 2011
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone

The Fishbone story of music, friendship, loyalty, betrayal, forgiveness, hard work and determination is presented perfectly in this documentary narrated by Laurence Fishburne. My kids were digging the scene when Angelo did a "balcony dive" and they learned a lot about life and music in one hour and forty three minutes. Great Band, Great Story, Great Film!

Steve Diffenderfer
Steve Diffenderfer

Fishbone is one of the great treasures of the American music scene. It is cliché to state that they are a band that transform boundaries and genres. What more can I say? I love this band and I love this movie (so much in fact, I saw it twice on the same weekend!). However, you don't need to be a Fishbone fan to appreciate this documentary. This is a must see for anyone interested in music, bands, or West Coast culture in general. It is a rare thing that true originators get any amount of respect and recognition that they should while they are around to appreciate it. Fishbone are a force to be reckoned with and this movie capitalizes on insight to band members and history that few people normally get a chance to see into. Fishbone is still, to this day, the best live band in the world. Long live Fishbone, and thank you, thank you, thank you for this doc.

Jesse Rozof
Jesse Rozof

Fans will appreciate the look inside the band, but even those outside the Fishbone community will enjoy this well-crafted story. Great vintage footage and insightful current interviews that illustrates the band's current struggles. Sure, there's an element of love note to the band in this - I'm not sure a documentary film crew would have tackled such an eclectic topic, even in the post-"Behind the Music" world. But Fishbone's music and struggle deserves to live on, and this documentary takes it all in and presents an excellent package. I caught this film at a film festival, so you're going to have to look and keep in touch with the filmmakers to find out where you can catch this.

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