May 3, 2013

Movie of the Week: It's Everything, And Then It's Gone (2003)

We get the weekend movies off to a start today with a documentary about an often ignored former hotbed of punk & new wave, Akron, OH. Ohio in general was pretty good for rock & roll bands, but Akron specifically was really good. Bands that came from there, or had origins there (new wave or otherwise), include Devo, the Black Keys, the James Gang, Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders (check the lyrics to "My City Was Gone"), The Cramps, and quite a few others...(Rubber City Rebels anyone?). Throw in Columbus, Cincinnati, and Cleveland, and the list gets really impressive.

Anyway, It's Everything, And Then It's Gone tells the story of Akron, and its really good. So watch it.

In the early 1970s, rubber was still king in Akron, Ohio. But just a few short years later, Akron's most important product was, ever so briefly, music. In the mid-1970s, a group of local bands took over an old rubber workers' hang-out in downtown Akron called The Crypt and created a mix of punk and art rock that came to be known as "the Akron Sound." And for a while, it was almost "the next big thing." Almost.

It's Everything, and Then It's Gone, a Western Reserve PBS production written and directed by Phil Hoffman., takes viewers back to a time when the music really did mean everything. And for the men and women in these local bands, it was a way out of the factory.

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