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BAD BRAINS: A BAND IN DC

USA, 2012 (MIFF 2012, Backbeat)

Director: Mandy Stein, Benjamen Logan

BAD BRAINS: A BAND IN DC

A kinetic, frenetic and long overdue tribute to the legendary hardcore band.” - Indiewire

Beginning life as a jazz/funk-fusion act, Bad Brains went on to become one of the most innovative and influential hardcore punk bands on the planet. Their impact can be heard in groups as diverse as Nirvana, Fugazi, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Beastie Boys, and their unique hybrid of blistering punk and melodic reggae is unmatched to this day.

So how did a bunch of Rastafarians end up spearheading an entire generation of punk musicians? Bad Brains: A Band in DC traces the evolution of the band from the mid-70s through until today, charting their record label woes, multiple break-ups, frontman HR's battles with mental illness, extraordinary live shows and more. Featuring commentary from Henry Rollins, Ian MacKaye, Dave Grohl and the late Adam Yauch among others, interwoven with rare archival footage from some of the band's most incendiary early performances and current interviews with band members, the film reconstructs the group's complicated history and rich legacy.

A must for punk fans.

D Mandy Stein, Benjamen Logan P Mandy Stein, Tyler Hubby TD HD Cam/2012

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