Seasonal Special Happenings

Rock Doc

When: Fri., July 17 2015

For more than 30 years now, the Mekons have toured and recorded despite having anything resembling a hit song. The band emerged out of Leeds, England at the same time as politically minded acts such as Gang of Four. While the Mekons don't wear their leftist politics on their sleeves to the same extent, they have adopted punk's DIY attitude in their approach to making music. Revenge of the Mekons, a new film about the band's history, documents the group's history with a series of interviews and behind-the-scenes footage. The late, great rock scribe Lester Bangs once called them "the most revolutionary group in history of rock 'n' roll." You might not come away from the movie and agree with him, but the movie paints a fine portrait of a very likable collective of musicians. It screens tonight at 7 at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets are $9. (Niesel)

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