Before The Sex Pistols, There Was Death

Before The Sex Pistols, There Was Death
In early 1970s Detroit, three black brothers formed a band called Death. In the heyday of Motown, their aggressive, raw, distorted sound was rare, especially for black musicians. The band broke ground before the Ramones struck their first power chords, releasing a demo tape in 1974 after a year spent practicing in a spare bedroom. An upcoming documentary titled "A Band Called Death" tells the unbelievable story of these visionary musicians.

Inspired by the rock-n-roll stylings of Alice Cooper and The Stooges, Death crafted proto-punk songs that sounded like no other group at the time. Not only were they the first black punk band -- they were arguably the first punk band...period. As Mike Rubin writes in the New York Times in 2009, "Death’s newly unearthed recordings reveal a remarkable missing link between the high-energy hard rock of Detroit bands like the Stooges and MC5 from the late 1960s and
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