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The Holy Modal Rounders: Bound to Lose
Filmmakers Paul Lovelace and Sam Wainwright Douglas invite viewers to follow the tale of two true American originals in this documentary detailing the collaboration between fiddler Pete Stampfel and guitarist Steve Weber -- aka the Holy Modal Rounders. It was during "The Great Folk Scare" of the early 1960s that these two eccentric souls collided in New York's Greenwich Village, and their partnership was soon solidified thanks to a mutual appreciation for American roots music and early psychedelia. But this was only the beginning, because over the course of the next four decades… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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"As much the chronicle of an era as of a band, The Holy Modal Rounders ... Bound to Lose casts an affectionate eye on the kind of hedonism no one is meant to survive."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Charged with alternating currents of affection, exuberance and ineffable melancholy, The Holy Modal Rounders ... Bound to Lose offers an intriguing overview of the cult-fave combo."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"Among the recent wave of music documentaries on the marginally infamous, this video history gets its juice from a love-hate affair with the vibe of a graying boho remake of The Sunshine Boys."
‑ Bill Weber, Slant Magazine
"They [Rounders] stand as perhaps the truest heirs to the Harry Smith Anthology's wild and woolly Americana‚"a point Sam Wainwright Douglas and Paul C. Lovelace's affectionate doc makes with a minimum of fuss and lots of bawdy hilarity."
‑ Jim Ridley, Village Voice
"The humor and eccentricity of the band members should prevent a "Who cares?" response, and the twist that occurs in the final section of the piece will keep every viewer mesmerized."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"It might be the first movie about the psychedelic generation told from the point of view of the doddering seniors they have become."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"A truly mad tale of a band that began as a loose amalgamation out of the Greenwich Village folk scene in the early '60s and managed to keep getting back together for reunions and revivals until 2005."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"Another "what ever happened to" type documentary. Always fascinating to see how personal flaws and the corrupt star-making machinery of the capitalist entertainment industry present obstacles to fame and fortune."
‑ Louis Proyect,
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