April 16, 2015
Most of you probably know that Jon Langford is a founding member of one of the most interesting and long-lived rock bands, the Mekons. If you are in Austin this Saturday night you'll have a chance to see Joe Angio's documentary film on the band, as the Austin Film Society is hosting a showing at their Marchesa Theater. Here's a link to ticket information and below is a bit of info on the film.
DIRECTED BY JOE ANGIO
With Mekons Jon Langford and Sally Timms and director Joe Angio in attendance!
REVENGE OF THE MEKONS chronicles 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; and consistent bad luck with major record labels. Featuring interviews with Mekons super fans - 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").
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