Revenge of the Mekons


Revenge of the Mekons

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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.

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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (2)

  • "You can't stick to a manifesto," says founding member Jon Langford. "But there's definitely a thread." Passion, good humour and love are wrapped up in there.

    Nov 19, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Henry Barnes

    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Jul 16, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    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.

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

    Apr 16, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Nov 5, 2014 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • It's likely to makes fans of any viewers who weren't before.

    Nov 2, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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