The Time Out Top 10
The documentary of Big Star, pioneers of power pop in Memphis in the early '70s, is the story of a group that fell apart in just three years. But it's also the story of a cursed group that had a big influence on the alternative rock of the '90s. The film explains it all, and with never-before-seen images.
At 70 years old, Ginger Baker, the ginger drummer from Cream, is a bitter old man who didn't think he'd live this long. Possibly the best drummer in rock history and, they say, also the meanest bastard. Addding their two cents to the film are Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Charlie Watts and Marky Ramone.
They sing in front of thousands of people, but we usually don't know their names. Backup singers are six metres away from some of the most famous musicians in the world – that's the distance separating them from the centre of the stage. This film puts the spotlight on Darlene Love, Claudia Lennear – who inspired The Stones' 'Brown Sugar' – and other divas in the back and to the left.
'Ahead of punk, and ahead of their time', said Jack White in the New York Times article on Death, 'This Band Was Punk Before Punk Was Punk'. The article was published in 2009 after the discovery of songs the Detroit trio recorded in 1975 for what was to be their debut album. Voted Best Music Documentary in the SXSW film festival, this is the story of a group damned by a name.