A Band Called Death
A Band Called Death (2013)

Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was a band called Death. Punk before punk existed, three teenage brothers in the early '70s formed a band in their spare bedroom, began playing a few local gigs and even… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 28, 2013
DVD Release Date: August 13, 2013
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A Band Called Death is not only a fascinating portrait of a pioneering rock group, but also a tribute to family ties and perseverance in the face of hardship.

Geoff Pevere
Globe and Mail

An especially pointed variation on one of music's most oft-told tales: A band formed ahead of its time sits in muffled obscurity while others reap the harvest of what it first planted.

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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com

A Band Called Death shines the light on a previously unexplored corner of musical history and does it in an accessible, straightforward manner.

Jonathan Kiefer
SF Weekly

Death lives!

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Peter Keough
Boston Globe

Fortunately, Bobby and Dannis, the surviving brothers, prove genial company.

Sheila O'Malley

Death never got very far, and their story is a fascinating one, told beautifully by Jeff Howlett and Mark Christopher Covino.

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Simon Miraudo

A slice of music history forgotten for too long, and, thanks to A Band Called Death, forgotten no longer.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

If the brothers seem a little drunk on their own myth, they're also genuinely humbled by the band's rediscovery and warmed by the fact that their kids have carried on the family tradition.

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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times

Their story can feel almost too ready-made for the telling, but it's well worth a listen.

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John Serba

It could have dug a little deeper, pursued more candid moments to capture on film. But it compensates by recanting the emotionally meaningful story of the Hackney family.

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