FREAKSCENE: THE STORY OF DINOSAUR JR.
Formed in Amherst, Massachusetts, in 1984 by guitarist/singer J. Mascis, bassist Lou Barlow and drummer Murph, Dinosaur Jr. had a sound that combined the heft of heavy metal with the thrash of hardcore punk, a raw and ragged power trio with a just a touch of folky lyricism woven in. As the band emerged from their regional indie beginnings, the major labels came calling, as did tours with the era's leading acts like Sonic Youth and Nirvana. But the three young men weren't able to navigate the challenges of professional rock band success, leading to an ugly split with only Mascis remaining from the original lineup. But against the odds, the three original members reunited in 2005 and have stayed together ever since, now having released five LPs in their latter-day, older and wiser phase. This documentary by Philipp Reichenheim (who is also Mascis' brother-in-law) tells the band's story and the tale of the three men's journey to reconciliation, combining a wealth of amazing performance footage from the band's earliest days all the way to their joyful 30th-anniversary concert, as well as interviews with current and former band members and family and friends including Kim Gordon, Bob Mould, Henry Rollins and Thurston Moore. DIR/SCR/PROD Philipp Reichenheim; PROD Stephan Holl, Antoinette Köster, J. Mascis. U.S./Germany, 2021, color, 82 min. NOT RATED
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