Fugazi - Instrument [DVD] [NTSC]
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Washington, D.C. hardcore punk band Fugazi are the true innovators who are revered by young iconoclasts everywhere. Vocalist-guitarist Ian MacKaye, who also fronted the seminal punk band Minor Threat, is an ideological hero to many--his anti-major label stance and belief in a DIY, independent music scene continues to be an inspiration. Since their formation in 1987, Fugazi's remarkable "career" has been tracked on film by photographer-turned-filmmaker Jem Cohen, himself part of the local punk scene. INSTRUMENT is a collection of Cohen and Fugazi's audiovisual collaborations; shot over a period of 10 years on Super 8, 16mm, and video, the film is a visually stunning compilation of concerts, landscapes, interviews, and studio footage.
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Those of you who are not familiar with Fugazi I would advise against buying this DVD and starting with one of their array of excellent albums (13 Songs, Repeater,The Arguement in particular).
There are no tales of Led Zeppelin style groupies and excess, here is a band made up of 4 highly skilled, hard working, passionate, and fiercely independent musicians who are followed implicitly for ten years by friend and filmmaker Jem Cohen. 'Instrument'doesn't employ the typical live footage/interview format, we have interviews with fans at ticket lines (not all are complementary to the band) montages soundtracked by previously unrealesed material by the band which is available on 'Instrument Soundtrack' we see intimate footage of the band practicing at Ian's grandparents house, we have the band staying in cramped, damp motel rooms,the footage of the 'Red Medicine' recording sessions is particularly interesting. What is most striking about the film is the humbling feeling the audience has when we see the lengths the band go to support the various causes they support, we see them playing benefit shows outside the White House in protest against the 1991 Gulf war, we see them supporting the Washington Free clinic and even them playing a show at a correctional facility, they go about their business in a completly unpretetious manner (they even do an interview for student's media studies project!!!Read more ›
The DVD gives alot of live (and bootleg)footage, sporadically interspersed with rare interviews of the band and its fanbase. For people like myself it opened up a small window of insight into the mystery that is FUGAZI.
The DVD is more a visual, rather than verbal documentary of FUGAZI, spanning the bands inception from '87 to about'98. True FUGAZI fans will not be disappointed.