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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Music Docs at SXSW: Bad Brains

Posted by on Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 1:33 PM

The premiere of the new Bad Brains documentary is one of the things I'm sad to miss this year. This looks like a great film. See the rest of the new docs here, and read about how I tripped and fell right in front of Bad Brains, just last year, at Emo's right over here.

Bad Brains are one of the most important and influential American bands still working today. They melded punk and reggae into an innovative style that has yet to be copied. Their impact and influence can be heard in groups like Beastie Boys, No Doubt, Nirvana, Jane's Addiction and countless more. Despite the troubles of an eccentric front man they have stayed together for 30 years without ever reaching the level of success so many think they deserve. Using rare archival footage and original comic illustrations the film re-constructs Bad Brains' rich and complicated history.

 

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