Joe Angio ::   A comedy of rage and despair. A group to follow to the bitter end. Depressive people quipping about a horrible world. From post-punk in Leeds to broken country and distorted folk music. This ain’t no band: it’s a way of life. A documentary that changes minds. " />

Revenge of the Mekons

Director Joe Angio
United States / 96 min. / 2013 / English, Russian, Tajik


 

A comedy of rage and despair. A group to follow to the bitter end. Depressive people quipping about a horrible world. From post-punk in Leeds to broken country and distorted folk music. This ain’t no band: it’s a way of life. A documentary that changes minds. 

 

The initial meetings between Lester Bangs and Greil Marcus dispelled all doubt: this could be "the most revolutionary group in the history rock'n'roll". We ain't talking about flagged and capped revolution, but the other kind, which marches forever onwards. The Mekons are still together after 30 years in existence. This is a classic documentary about a band that isn't really a band. A group to follow till the bitter end. Depressive people quip about a vile world. Or, as Jonathan Franzen, one of their biggest fans, says: "consistently resolve what could have been despair and rage and turn it into humor (without losing none of their despair and rage)". The Mekons aren't a band: they're a way of life. They started off alongside Gang Of Four, tearing up post-punk in Leeds, they signed to Virgin, they ditched Virgin, they moved over to contorted folk, they tried to play country and something else came out. They basically took all the steps a manager would have dissuaded (one of their latest projects was a theatre play about lesbian pirates.) They married each other in a pagan ritual. They continue to do everything collectively, they eat together, dance together... their roadies are more famous than they are. But it doesn't matter. The Mekons keep singing and swinging. This documentary will change minds: guaranteed. 

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Subtitles
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Showing format

Participation
in festivals
DOC NYC 2013, Leeds International Film Festival 2013, DOXA Vancouver 2014, CIMMfest (Chicago) 2014

Leadings
Fred Armisen, Jonathan Franzen, Mary Harron, Craig Finn (The Hold Steady), Will Oldham, Andy Gill & Hugo Burnham (Gang of Four), Greil Marcus, Vito Acconci, Luc Sante and the Mekons: Jon Langford, Tom Greenhalgh, Sally Timms, Rico Bell, Susie Honeyman, Lu Edmonds, Steve Goulding, Sarah Corina; Kevin Lycett, Mark White, Andy Corrigan, Ros Allen, Dick Taylor, Robert Worby

Editor(s)
Jane Rizzo, Jane Rizzo

Camera
Jean-Louis Schuller, Joe Angio

Producer
Joe Angio, Jessica Wolfson

Film company
Roseland Films & Media

Film distributor
Roseland Films & Media

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