We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen

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This documentary chronicles the ground breaking, early 80s punk rock band, The Minutemen, from their humble beginnings in the harbor town of San Pedro, Calif., to their tragic and untimely demise when lead singer and guitarist D. Boon was killed in a van accident in December of 1985.

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Critic Reviews for We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (2)

  • We Jam Econo is a must for the trio's fans, although non-aficionados of the group's cacophonous music may be puzzled by all the on-screen accolades showered on the band.

    Dec 6, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Tom Dawson

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  • For people who are Minutemen fans and movie buffs, We Jam Econo is kind of a mixed blessing.

    Sep 26, 2005

    Noel Murray

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  • This is an insider's tour -- the uninitiated are, frankly, not likely to be converted.

    Aug 26, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • The spiky documentary in their honor keeps alive the echoes of their slapdash, Smithsonian-worthy sound.

    Aug 25, 2005 | Rating: 3/5
  • It's refreshing to see a doc in which the biggest boldfaced name is Flea, who gushes over Watt and Boon's reluctance to tune their instruments.

    Aug 23, 2005 | Full Review…
  • The filmmakers have assembled a remarkable cast of voices, including Henry Rollins, Flea, Ian MacKaye, Thurston Moore, Richard Hell, J Mascis, critic Richard Meltzer, and Watt's mom.

    Jul 8, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen

  • Nov 25, 2011
    Really good documentary, even if you are not into their music. A lot of great interviews with interesting people.
    Sean G Super Reviewer
  • Mar 13, 2011
    Sometimes sad, but always entertaining look at one of the founding fathers of alternative rock/ punk music. My favorite parts are watching the muscular, body-builder-like George Hurley wail on the drums with this unicorn hair-do.
    matt s Super Reviewer

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