Reality 86’d: Black Flag Documentary

The first time Black Flag tickled my ears, I was at a friend’s house and wandered into his brother’s room. On top of the dresser was a cassette tape with those four familiar black bars. “Can I listen to this?” I asked. Sure came the answer. And that began a lifelong admiration for Henry Rollins. And weightlifting.

He’s still railing against all that’s phony and professing his love for jazz and John Coltrane. Back in 1986, he was just 25 years old, but already a grizzled veteran of the punk scene. And unfortunately, on what was to be the last tour with Black Flag. Director Dave Markey (1991: The Year Punk Broke), releases to the internet, the never-before-seen, Reality 86’d, a road documentary of those last days. Following the band for 6 months in a van, the film features live performances of these legends. More than anything though, it captures a unique period in time for the true punk fan. So, put down the baby to sleep and then watch Reality 86’d .

Video available here.

Foo Fighters: Back and Forth DVD

Sixteen years ago, Dave Grohl rose from the ashes of Nirvana and put together a little band called Foo Fighters. What started as a bunch of cassette tape demos has turned into one of the best and longest-running rock bands around. In June, they release Back and Forth, a documentary examining their rise from the beginning and culminating in the newest album, Wasting Light.

Produced by Nigel Sinclair (No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, The Last Play at Shea), the Foos gave director James Moll extensive access to archival footage and sitdown interviews. Dave Grohl’s reflection on drumming and fronting for two of the biggest rock bands, plus the conflict between ex-Foo Fighters William Goldsmith and Franz Stahl, should satisfy the fans. Don’t expect too much on Nirvana though as this is all about the Foo Fighters.

Pre-order the Back and Forth DVD or Blu-Ray here and check out the trailer below.

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