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Published on Nov 14, 2013
Trailer for the feature documentary, making its world premiere Nov. 15, 2013 at DOC NYC and UK premiere at Leeds international Film Festival Nov. 21.
Political provocateurs. Social agitators. Punk's reigning contrarians. The Mekons have been called all this and more. REVENGE OF THE MEKONS chronicles the unlikely career of the critically adored, cultishly revered band/art collective from Leeds, England. Emerging from the first blast of 1977 U.K. punk rock, the Mekons were notorious, as critic GREIL MARCUS notes, for being "the band that took punk ideology most seriously." Charting the group's progression from socialist art students with no musical skills through its reinvention as rabble-rousing progeny of Hank Williams, the film reveals how, four decades into a still-evolving career, the Mekons continue to make original, genre-defying music while staying true to the punk ethos.