“There’s tons of rock movies now, and it seems as if they’re all on Netflix. You don’t even have to have made a record to have a movie made about you. Probably my favorite at the moment is A Band Called Death. It’s about this band from Detroit that is sort of the missing link between the MC5 and the Bad Brains.
“I saw a bunch of rock movies last year – the Ginger Baker film and the one about Levon Helm – and I sort of got sick of seeing rich rock stars bitch about how they lost their money. They spent it all on planes and drugs and horses. Listening to Levon Helm talk about how much Robbie Robertson owes him – I just got tired of it.
“This is a movie that isn’t about any of that shit. It’s about the love of music and the love of family. That’s pretty rare and pretty great. The fact that people discovered this band through their own means is really cool. Rock doesn’t have to be just about youth. The fact that this band is getting their second act is very inspiring.”
Alternate: Almost Famous (2000)
“This is another movie that sees music with sort of a wide-eyed wonder. Cameron Crowe was there, he lived it, and so he certainly knows his stuff. Here he presents an idealized version of rock – and life. It’s nice to have a film that’s so full of positives. The Director’s Cut is fantastic, one of the few times where the full version trumps the theatrical release.”