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Revenge of the Mekons

Directed By: Joe Angio | 2014 | 1h 35m | Unrated

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90 NW 29th Street, Miami (305) 571-9970

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REVENGE OF THE MEKONS charts 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 (collaborations with Vito Acconci and Kathy Acker); and consistent bad luck with major record labels. Among the celebrated fans who appear on screen to testify to the power of their music and artistic innovations are 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).REVENGE OF THE MEKONS reveals how, four decades into an ever-evolving career, punk’s reigning contrarians continue to make bold, unpredictable music while staying true to the punk ethos.

The film’s strength lies in just how far it’s willing to go-and to not go-in the pursuit of mythologizing its subject, a group of aging but unrepentant punks who treat the very idea of mythology like a bad joke.
– AV CLUB

A buoyant exploration of the musicians’ devotion to their art and each other.
– HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Angio reveals a band that is still committed and, almost without precedent, still seems to get along. “We weren’t musicians,” singer-guitarist Jon Langford admits. “We were just seeing how far we could take it.” If revenge can be measured in years of continued creativity, this film shows the Mekons have had theirs.
– TIME OUT NEW YORK

An exemplary documentary about an exemplary band.
– SLANT

What Angio captures, beautifully, is that the Mekons make great music because, together and apart, they’re so alive to the world around them.
– VILLAGE VOICE

Adapting to the times, both in sensibility and in membership, the Mekons are depicted less as a band than as a democratic ideal – or perhaps an attitude, which the movie makes contagious.
– NEW YORK TIMES

In a way, this marvelous movie does show that the Mekons have declined, because they’ve become the one thing punk rockers never ever want to be: lovable.
– NEW YORK POST