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Revenge of the Mekons

Director: Joe Angio Run Time: 95 min. Format: DCP Rating: NR Release Year: 2015

Starring: Jon Langford, Lu Edmonsds, Rico Bell, Sally Timms, Sarah Corina, Steve Goulding, Susie Honeyman, Tom Greenhalgh

Revenge of the Mekons charts the unlikely career of the genre-defying collective notorious for being “the band that took punk ideology most seriously.” Featuring a Q&A with director Joe Angio and other special guests to be announced.

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. 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.

Part of Nitehawk Cinema’s MUSIC DRIVEN signature series. Presented with our media partner, Noisey.