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Monks - The Transatlantic Feedback

Monks - The Transatlantic Feedback
The Monks (photo © play loud! + monks)

Everybody knows Elvis Presley served Uncle Sam in West Germany, but have you ever heard of the five American G.I.s who stayed on after their military discharge and formed one of the wildest and most influential rock bands of the 60s? Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome to the stage the first avant-garde band, The Monks.

Combining rare archival footage of the band’s amazing performances on live TV with contemporary interviews with band members, eye witnesses and music commentators, this documentary traces the evolution of a combo determined to expand the frontiers of popular music. What emerges is a vital and illuminating picture of German-American cross-cultural experience, and a tribute to genuine rock and roll pioneers.

A loving and penetrating documentary film.” (Hollywood Reporter)

An overdue history lesson.” (Rolling Stone)

The filmmakers do a vivid job etching the creatively fervid times, with an editing style whose dynamism echoes that of Monk music.” (Variety)

Like Fechner’s film about the Comedian Harmonists, this documentary combines beautifully the private with the political. The Monks were the essence of the 60s art world.” (Berthold Seliger)
Genre Art, Culture, History, Music
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2006
Director Dietmar Post
Dieter Jaufmann, Karl-W. Huelsenbeck
Monks
Cast Monks, Charles Wilp, Jochen Irmler, Jon Spencer, Genesis P. Orridge, Peter Zaremba, Byron Coley, Jimmy Bowien, Gerd Henjes, Wolfgang Gluszczewski
Producers Dietmar Post, Lucía Palacios
Production Company play loud! productions/Berlin, in co-production with ZDF, 3sat/Mainz, HR/Frankfurt
Length 100 min
Format color
Original Version
 English/German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Stereo
Festivals Los Angeles 2006, Leeds 2006, Munich 2006, Chicago 2006, Minneapolis 2006, Frankfurt 2006, Kassel 2006, Oslo 2006, Gijon 2006, Goeteborg 2007, Copenhagen 2007, Wuerzburg 2007
Awards Audience Pick Leeds 2006, Best Documentary Wuerzburg 2007, Audience Award Berlin & Beyond San Francisco 2007
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Filmfoerderung Hessen, Filmbuero NW, Chicago Underground Film Fund, Anthology Film Archives, Cine Impuls

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