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Screen: Special Showings

A Band Called Death

When: Tue., Nov. 5, 7 p.m. 2013

It's basically going to be black rock day at UNC-Chapel Hill. In the afternoon, music critic Laina Dawes is at Bull's Head Bookshop discussing her memoir What Are You Doing Here? A Black Woman's Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal (3:30 p.m., free). Then, in the evening, the Stone Center hosts a screening of A Band Called Death, a 2012 documentary that traces the history of, well, a band called Death. Like most music docs these days, the movie spotlights a forgotten artist—in this case, a black rock trio from Detroit that imploded before it could achieve any sort of fame or fortune, much less fade away into obscurity. As the movie unfolds, this band of brothas comes to be seen as proto-punk cult heroes, thanks to music nerds (including Questlove, Henry Rollins and Elijah Wood, who are interviewed in the film) championing their long-lost sounds from the '70s, which got unearthed and released just a few years ago. It's a well-done doc and a must-see for black folk who are tired of keeping their love of rocking out a secret. —Craig D. Lindsey

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