I could not resist this documentary. The subject is one that I have often thought of writing about, at what point does a band become a brand? The press release begins:

BAND VS BRAND, a feature-length documentary film directed by Bob Nalbandian (Director of the Inside Metal series), focuses on the current state of the music business and on how “the brand” of a rock group these days has more power than the band members themselves. It features interviews from several top industry executives and musicians of today, including David Ellefson of the Grammy Award-winning band Megadeth, Jack Russell from Jack Russell’s Great White, Nik Turner and Nicky Garrett from Nik Turner’s Hawkwind, Dave Lombardo from Suicidal Tendencies and formerly with Slayer, Marc Ferrari from Keel, Frank DiMino from Angel, Mike Varney from Shrapnel Records, Pat Gesualdo from The Hall of Heavy Metal History, manager Adam Parsons (Uriah Heep, Saxon, Europe, Thin Lizzy/BSR), guitarist/songwriter Jean Beauvoir (Plasmatics, Little Steven) and many others. 

The documentary goes deep and explores many other aspects. Being in a band is much like a marriage, and as we all know, not all marriages last forever. Likewise bands split up all the time, and sometimes it is peaceful, and sometimes it is acrimonious. Who owns the band name? Who owns the music and so the royalties?

This is a most interesting watch, many aspects of the music business are explored. Is it valid to keep band name with only one, or even no original members? What happens when a band splits up and suddenly you have two bands using the same material and name?

Here is the trailer:

If you are a music fan and care about music in general this is a must watch DVD.

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