Thursday, June 6, 2013

A Band Called Death - The Vincent Van Gogh of Punk Music

Vincent Van Gogh is regarded as one of the most important contributions to the arts and art history of all time. No, not because he cut his ear off (It was only a sliver of the ear, not the whole thing), 
but because his artistic style was so radical, so different for it's time that people did not understand it nor want to have anything to do with it.
He never sold a single work of art. 
He was shunned by other artists and collectors for reasons like "the brushstrokes are too extreme and rough", "the colors don't match what objects really look like", "it looks like a kid painted it".
No matter how much people talked shit about his work, he never gave up. 
Creating hundreds of paintings in his life, he lived painting without a care of what anyone had to say. Painting was in his blood. It was his soul.
 It wasn't until years after Vincent Van Gogh had passed away, that the people who denied him 
of the status he deserved had this epiphany about his art:
Van Gogh was a revolutionary artist, we just didn't understand that art was changing
and Van Gogh was the white horse guiding art into the 20th century.

Punk music has influenced all facets of the genres we are most familiar with in today's generation. Hip Hop, electronic, rock, indie; punk started it all.
The brash and in your face style of punk in the 70's, 80's and 90's helped birth some of our most infamous style explosions of all time. Colorful clothes, middle fingers, binge drinking before, during and after the show, loud blasting music, raging inside a small club with a bunch of other sweaty music enthusiasts, being political activists and most importantly... 
being defiant and comfortable with it.
What if I told you that there was a band that predates what we know as our punk?
What if I told you the band was around in 1973, ten years before the Sex Pistols or The Ramones?
What if I told you that the band members were all African American?
What if I told you that no one gave them a chance in hell at making it in the music industry?

Enter the Vincent Van Gogh of rock music.
Enter a band called:


Where you can see the documentary on the big screen:

For all of my Los Angeleians out there...
Our friends at Cinefamily on Fairfax are not only screening the film
but Death will be at Cinefamily performing live after the documentary airs!!!

Special Thanks to: Being a punk in any form or style you choose.

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