We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen

We Jam Econo

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(2005, Dir. Tim Irwin)

Instead of comic book flicks, here’s where my inner fanboy feeds. As usual, I came to find this band after its demise. I picked up their reader-picked compilation album Ballot Result in 1988, three years after lead singer and guitarist D. Boon died in a tragic van accident. I felt like I missed out then, just discovering this amazing mix of blues, jazz, politics, poetry and punk rock played with reckless abandon by three great musicians, who hammered it out blue-collar style (jamming econo, indeed). This movie helps to bring back some of the joy and amazement I first felt upon hearing them on my crappy Walkmen headphones almost 20 years ago. It combines live footage with interviews of the band members and their contemporaries today.

3.5/5.0

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Posted on July 8, 2006, in Film log. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

  1. I LOVE the Minutemen, but I have to admit that I LOVE a couple of the fIREHOSE albums even more.

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