I was excited to see this documentary about the explosion of the garage rock scene in early-2000’s Detroit, a cultural occurrence that drove a SPIN
magazine writer to ask, “Is Detroit the new Seattle?” This theory is interesting to me because I too came from Detroit. I left in 1998 and watched, from a 206 area code, as the White Stripes and the Von Bondies quit playing downtown bars where I used to waitress and started appearing on national magazine covers, radio stations, and late-night TV. Though I’m the perfect demographic for this film—a fan of both the city and the music—for me, the documentary falls flat. The interviews with singer Jason Stollsteimer of now defunct Von Bondies’ are long and tedious. The comparison of Seattle grunge and Detroit garage isn’t a good one and becomes irrelevant about halfway through the film, and footage of still-relevant bands like the Gories and the Dirtbombs aren’t nearly enough to save this two-hour yawn fest.
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It Came from Detroit: A Snoozy Doc About Awesome Rock