Interesting news, everyone! If you liked the awesomeness of the documentary American Hardcore, you should know that its makers are preparing their follow-up film, Lost Rockers.
In 2006, writer Steven Blush and director Paul Rachman joined forces to made a documentary about hardcore in America back in the 80s. It is, in my opinion, one of the best and most thoroughly researched documentaries on hardcore music and culture, with interviews and show clips from bands like Bad Brains, Cro-Mags, Circle Jerks, Black Flag, Minor Threat and countless others. It focuses on the 80-86 period, which really is the period where it all begun and hardcore came into shape. For some incomprehensible reason, the film received quite a bit of criticism from the punk 'media' of the day, but you shouldn't let that bother you at all and definitely check the film out if you already haven't. It offers a lot of insight into this snowballing scene, and of course you get to see your heroes and inspirers tell it like it is!
The 2010 Comeback
So what's new, is that the aforementioned filmmakers have teamed up again, but with a totally different theme this time around: Lost Rockers. This new film (which as we speak is in its first steps) deals with the darker side of fame. It goes into the lives and minds of people who had the potential, but never quite made it in the music world. Does it sound familiar? I think that in a way, most of us can identify with a 'lost rocker' of some sort, because we feel like we have something worthwhile to create and gain recognition for, but somehow it never seems to happen..? Well, maybe this film can explain us why! And on a more positive note, Lost Rockers seems like a fascinating documentary because as music lovers, we always want to learn more and more about musicians and how they approach their art form, their lives etc. It doesn't matter so much if they're famous, because fame and quality obviously don't go hand in hand!
You can visit the following website for news and updates on the making of this film: www.lostrockers.com