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Working Class Rock Star
Working Class Rock Star
Actors: GWAR, Lamb of God, Unearth, Arch Enemy, Strapping Young Lad
Director: Justin McConnell
Genres: Indie & Art House, Music Video & Concerts, Documentary
NR     2008     1hr 35min

The music industry is changing, record sales are down, artists are making less money, and mediocrity holds sway. Yet there are more bands than ever before working for years just to receive even the tiniest drop of success....  more »

     
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Actors: GWAR, Lamb of God, Unearth, Arch Enemy, Strapping Young Lad
Director: Justin McConnell
Genres: Indie & Art House, Music Video & Concerts, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Music Video & Concerts, Documentary
Studio: Cinema Epoch
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 11/11/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2007
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2007
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 35min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

It's about time somebody made a documentary like this!
Michael Burmeister | Madison, WI | 10/30/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Well, when I first saw the trailer for this documentary and read the synopsis, I immediately thought to myself..... "IT'S ABOUT TIME SOMEBODY DOES SOMETHING LIKE THIS!" Warning: This DVD will deliver a harsh reality and a slap across the face to those dreaming of becoming a rich rock star someday. Working Class Rockstar is a collaboration of interviews with musicians about the music industry and their lives as musicians. They explore the pros and cons of getting signed to a label, the reality that even when you "make it" you may still be broke, and how the music industry is changing. The message passed along is one that I think every musician should hear.

This DVD reinforces my viewpoint that music is an art, not a competition. In order to survive, you must learn to humble your ego and be prepared for a lot of ups and downs. It also touches on the subject of the internet and file sharing. My favorite quote from the whole discussion came from Devin Townsend of Strapping Young Lad. His comment on file sharing was: "Share away! Music is meant to be heard. If you like it, buy a t-shirt. If you like it a lot, buy a t-shirt AND our back catalog". I agree!

I recommend this DVD to everybody (even your grandma)! I watched it from beginning to end and plan on doing it again soon."