The Bar Loves a Band Called "Death"

(h/t Racialicious)

From Drafthouse Films:
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 pressed a single in the hopes of getting signed. But this was the era of Motown and emerging disco. Record companies found Death’s music— and band name—too intimidating, and the group were never given a fair shot, disbanding before they even completed one album. Equal parts electrifying rockumentary and epic family love story, A Band Called Death chronicles the incredible fairy-tale journey of what happened almost three decades later, when a dusty 1974 demo tape made its way out of the attic and found an audience several generations younger. Playing music impossibly ahead of its time, Death is now being credited as the first black punk band (hell...the first punk band!), and are finally receiving their long overdue recognition as true rock pioneers.


  1. I'm always amazed of some of the things I read about on this to read about this band.

    Just imagine if Death was around today. Probably would have been legendary .To me, the idea of them not being signed to any contracts is still crazy to me. I admit, that name is spooky, but its supposed to be about the quality of the music.Besides,when did rock/alternative music become classical music?

    I'm thankful for Black rockers like Death, Thin Lizzy and Jimmy Hendrix because if it weren't for them Black rockers of today and I would be able to appreciate it.


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