NOVEMBER 16TH: Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington NC
NOVEMBER 21ST: UK premiere at the LEEDS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
From the program:
WORLD PREMIERE Emerging from the first blast of 1977 U.K. punk rock, the Mekons were notorious, as critic Greil Marcus notes, for being “the band that took punk ideology most seriously.” Charting the group’s progression from socialist art students with no musical skills through its reinvention as rabble-rousing progeny of Hank Williams, the film reveals how, four decades into a still-evolving career, the Mekons continue to make original, genre-defying music while staying true to the punk ethos.
It is full of the self-deprecating bon mots you have grown to need over the years...
Hell, even the title of the article "No One Buys Our Records" ought to be a clue.
A couple of our favorite gems:
"I’ve got teenage kids, and when I talk to them and their friends about issues that concern me they think I’m a paranoid loon. "
"We should have split up for 10 years and gotten back together. Maybe we can still do that."
ST: "Except we’d be dead before there’s any interest in us reforming."
"I do lots of things, but there’s nothing I like as much as The Mekons."
Catch Jon with his band doing "Widowmaker" and with singing super sirens Kelly Hogan ("Accentuate the Positive") and Sally Timms ("Perfidia") on the DVD Bloodied But Unbowed. The DVD features 31 videos and live performances from the likes of Ryan Adams, Bobby Bare Jr, Deadstring Brothers, Detroit Cobras, Alejandro Escovedo, Old 97s, and the Waco Brothers, 8 short films with appearances and performances by Split Lip Rayfield, Neko Case, and Kelly Hogan, and others, plus a photo and poster gallery .
Also, all these tracks are available exclusively as downloads on the digital only" soundtrack" to the DVD.