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WE JAM ECONO - THE STORY OF THE MINUTEMEN

USA, 2005 (MIFF 2006, Backbeat: Music on Film)

Director: Tim Irwin

“In this age of VH1-sponsored hyperventilating over the Doobie Brothers' legacy, 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.” - Village Voice D. Boon, who would become the Minutemen's guitarist and lead singer, dropped from a tree in San Pedro's Peck Park and landed squarely on bassist Mike Watt. At the time, the two were only 13-years-old; little did they know this happenstance introduction would sow the oats of musical rebellion. Joined by drummer George Hurley in 1979, the Minutemen defied classification, outraging punks by placing little value on hardcore punk orthodoxy and adventurously incorporating the likes of haiku, funk, prog rock and jazz into their mix. Told chronologically and appropriately unfussy (as was the Minutemen's wont), Tim Irwin details the band's brief, but influential, five years before D. Boon died in a car accident, using generous live footage and interviews with contemporaries such as Henry Rollins, Jello Biafra and Richard Meltzer.

D Tim Irwin P Keith Schieron WS Rocket Fuel Films TD video/2005/93mins Tim Irwin was born in Utah, USA, in 1972. We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen (2005) is his feature film directing debut.

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