Sight & Sound, Trailers

Trailer watch: A Band Called Death

Before there was punk, there was a band called Death. In 1971, three brothers (Bobby, David, and Dennis Hackney) formed protopunk outfit Death amongst the popularity of the Motown scene. The band, a precursor to what became punk rock, was instrumental in breaking the stereotypical African-American contribution to the rock scene; beating out future punk/hardcore heavyweights Bad Brains by nearly a decade.

A Band Called Death, a new documentary by Drafthouse Films, sheds lights on the all too brief time the band spent together- recording a total of only 7 songs- before disbanding in 1977.

The documentary is available now on demand and is hitting US cinemas June 28th in limited release.

 

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