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Monks - The Transatlantic Feedback
During the mid-'60s, a time when musicians were pushing rock & roll into a number of new directions, the Monks were one of the most radical groups of their day. Comprised of Gary Burger, Larry Clark, Dave Day, Roger Johnston, and Eddie Shaw, five American GI's stationed in Hamburg, Germany, during the height of the Cold War, the Monks started out as a cover band called the Torquays, playing the hits of the day to blow off steam while they waited out their commitments to the Army. However, the band members had some more ambitious ideas, and when they met Karl-H. Remy and Walther Nieman,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Post and Palacios make a compelling case for the Monks as neglected pioneers."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"The film single-handedly justifies its existence with stock footage of the band ripping it up on some Deutsch version of Shindig! circa '66, the kids in the audience awkwardly doing the Jerk because they don't know what else to do."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"The work is significant because it found gold tucked deep in a rusted drawer way in the back of an armory and manages through stock footage and stillsâ"even a few live performancesâ"to reprise the caliber of talent The Monks were, both onstage and on wa"
‑ Matthew Nestel, Boxoffice Magazine
"Monks: The Transatlantic Feedback, an ambitious but unfocused documentary, bids to immortalize this short-lived if influential group."
‑ Nathan Lee, New York Times
"What makes it worth seeing is the blissful weirdness of the Monks' tale and music."
‑ Stan Hall, Oregonian
"A true tall tale that unfolds like the Great Unwritten Cold War Rock Novel."
‑ Bill Weber, Slant Magazine
"While Monks captures some of the group's thrill, its reliance on talking heads and standard rock-documentary narrative renders this bizarre group pedestrian."
‑ Jay Ruttenberg, Time Out New York
"Brings home the tragedy of being ahead of one's time in popular culture."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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