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Revenge of the Mekons

Revenge of the Mekons

"Infectious…contagious." - New York Times 

Revenge of the Mekons

About the Film

Revenge of the Mekons charts the unlikely career of the genre-defying collective notorious for being—as rock critic Greil Marcus notes—“the band that took punk ideology most seriously.”  Born out of the 1977 British punk scene, the Mekons progressed from a group of socialist art students with no musical skills to the prolific, raucous progeny of Hank Williams. Joe Angio’s exuberant documentary follows their improbable history – a surprising and influential embrace of folk and country music; forays into the art world (collaborations with Vito Acconci and Kathy Acker); and consistent bad luck with major record labels. Among the celebrated fans who appear on screen to testify to the power of their music and artistic innovations are authors Jonathan Franzen (The Corrections) and Luc Sante (Low Life), musician/actor Will Oldham, film director Mary Harron (I SHOT ANDY WARHOL), comedian/ musician Fred Armisen (Portlandia), and critic Greil Marcus (Mystery Train). Revenge of the Mekons reveals how, four decades into an ever-evolving career, punk’s reigning contrarians continue to make bold, unpredictable music while staying true to the punk ethos. 

Director: Joe Angio

Reactions

“The Mekons are the most revolutionary group in the history of rock ’n’ roll.” - Lester Bangs, legendary music critic

“An exemplary documentary about an exemplary band.” - Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine

“A buoyant exploration of the musicians’ devotion to their art and each other.” - Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter

Awards & Festivals

  • Official Selection DOC NYC Film Festival 2013
  • Official Selection Cucalorus Film Festival 2013
  • Official Selection Leeds International Film Festival 2013

Cast & Crew

Featuring

Fred Armisen
Jonathan Franzen
Will Oldham
Greil Marcus
Mary Harron
Vito Acconci
Craig Finn
Luc Sante
The Mekons: Rico Bell, Sarah Corina, Lu Edmonds, Steve Goulding, Tom Greenhalgh, Susie Honeyman, Jon Langford, Sally Timms
Former Mekons: Ros Allen, Andy Corrigan, Kevin Lycett, Dick Taylor, Mark "Chalkie" White, Robert Worby

Crew

Director: Joe Angio
Producers: Joe Angio, Jessica Wolfson, Jim Hardison, Jefferson Holt, Marcus Widenor
Cinematographers: Joe Angio, Jean-Louis Schuller
Editor: Jane Rizzo
Music: The Mekons

Technical Info

Production Year: 2014
Countries of Production: US
Languages: English
Running Time: 1h 36m
Screen Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound: 5.1 surround
Color: Yes

Theaters

Seattle
Washington
3/13/15
Nashville
Tennessee
3/13/15
4/8/15
Bloomington
Indiana
4/10/15
Columbus
Ohio
4/15/15
Santa Fe
New Mexico
4/16/15
4/17/15
Chicago
Illinois
4/17/15
Austin
Texas
4/18/15
Chicago
Illinois
4/18/15
San Francisco
California
4/25/15
Winston Salem
North Carolina
4/28/15
Notre Dame
Indiana
5/7/15
Lubbock
Texas
5/18/15
Albuquerque
New Mexico
5/19/15
Jersey City
New Jersey
5/21/15
Denver
Colorado
6/4/15

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Awards & Festivals

  • Official Selection DOC NYC Film Festival 2013
  • Official Selection Cucalorus Film Festival 2013
  • Official Selection Leeds International Film Festival 2013

Reactions

“The Mekons are the most revolutionary group in the history of rock ’n’ roll.” - Lester Bangs, legendary music critic

“An exemplary documentary about an exemplary band.” - Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine

“A buoyant exploration of the musicians’ devotion to their art and each other.” - Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter

Detailed Film Info

Revenge of the Mekons charts the unlikely career of the genre-defying collective notorious for being—as rock critic Greil Marcus notes—“the band that took punk ideology most seriously.”  Born out of the 1977 British punk scene, the Mekons progressed from a group of socialist art students with no musical skills to the prolific, raucous progeny of Hank Williams. Joe Angio’s exuberant documentary follows their improbable history – a surprising and influential embrace of folk and country music; forays into the art world (collaborations with Vito Acconci and Kathy Acker); and consistent bad luck with major record labels. Among the celebrated fans who appear on screen to testify to the power of their music and artistic innovations are authors Jonathan Franzen (The Corrections) and Luc Sante (Low Life), musician/actor Will Oldham, film director Mary Harron (I SHOT ANDY WARHOL), comedian/ musician Fred Armisen (Portlandia), and critic Greil Marcus (Mystery Train). Revenge of the Mekons reveals how, four decades into an ever-evolving career, punk’s reigning contrarians continue to make bold, unpredictable music while staying true to the punk ethos.

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