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Family Band: The Cowsills Story

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The Cowsills are the real life inspiration behind The Partridge Family but The Cowsills' story is not a sit-com. Their story is raw and honest and tragic and beautiful. The Cowsills personify The Baby Boomer Generation in all of its extremes and eccentricities. All of its tragedies and triumphs. Their public image was talent and charm. Their private reality was secrets and fear. One of the most musically gifted American Families to hit the top of the pop charts, The Cowsills rose to fame, success and stardom in the late sixties. Five years later, their star came crashing back down to earth. Now, you will learn what happened to The Cowsills. (Contains adult language and mature subject matter. Parental guidance is suggested.) BONUS FEATURES: More with Bob and Shirley Jones, More with Bob and Artie Kornfeld, More with Paul and John, More with Richard and Barry, On the Bus with Susan, and a Hidden Easter Egg.

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  • Directors: Louise Palanker and Bill Filipiak
  • Producers: Louise Palanker
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Palcorp
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BO9PJAM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,351 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Kyle Hall on March 18, 2013
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The key to this remarkable history of the Cowsills comes near its conclusion, when Bob Cowsill (who narrates) says he always thought the group "had it all, then lost it" after their late-Sixties burst of success - but that more recently he wondered if that was really so. By then we have heard how the fortune they earned (an estimated $20 million) was gone, leaving band members with tax bills on money they never banked. We have seen how the wholesome family image devised to sell Cowsills records and concert tickets was no match for the tyranny and abuse of their father Bud, who broke the family and the band apart. After all the sensitively edited interviews and sad revelations, we understand that this was a fabulously gifted group that never "had it all": the Cowsills' happy image was a distortion that couldn't compete with the sitcom version it inspired (The Partridge Family), and the fortune the group made only enriched others. Even their financial success was an illusion.

What the Cowsills actually had were prodigious talents, recordings that preserved those at their peak, and devoted fans who stayed that way. The uplift at the end of what could have been a depressing story is provided by onscreen evidence that the Cowsills haven't lost any of that. What's more, the make-believe happiness of Cowsills marketing has given way to genuine family unity and devotion. All that the Cowsills appear to have lost was never real. By contrast, what they have today is true, clear-eyed, hard-won and moving to witness.

The DVD presentation of the documentary includes extended interviews with the subjects who spoke to Bob Cowsill and director Louise Palanker. Most will be of great interest to fans, though it's clear why they didn't make the final cut.
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About a year and a half ago I had the great good fortune to attend the World Premiere of filmmaker Louise Panenker's splendid documentary "Family Band: The Cowsills Story" at the 2011 Rhode Island International Film Festival in Providence. For those under the age of 50, The Cowsills were an extremely talented and highly popular family recording act hailing from Newport, Rhode Island. The band scored several hit records in the late 1960's. The Cowsills specialized in tight harmonies and began performing and recording at a very young age. The group consisted of brothers Barry, Bill, John, Bob and Paul, little sister Susan and their mom Barbara. Their metoric rise to the top of the charts was the inspiration for the hit TV show The Partridge Family. Unfortunately the demise of the group would prove to be just as dramatic. "Family Band: The Cowsills Story" chronicles the life and times of a family that knew both the exhilaration of success and the pain of seeing it all slip away. I thought it was a very moving film.

The driving force behind The Cowsills was their father Bud Cowsill. The boys all started singing and playing instruments at a very young age. It quickly became apparent that this group had the potential to be something very special. Bud believed in his boys and was instrumental in getting them a recording contract. The Cowsills had three local hits in 1966 that got the attention of the folks at M-G-M records who signed the band in early 1967. Several months later The Cowsills released their first single for M-G-M called "The Rain, The Park & Other Things" (you probably remember it as "The Flower Girl") which made it all the way to #2 on the Billboard charts. Over the next few months the group would also score with a pair of hits "We Can Fly" (#21) and "Indian Lake" (#10).
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By designer60 on January 14, 2014
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Louise Palanker did a brilliant job with this documentary. There are so many layers in this film. The first time you watch it, you'll travel down the nostalgic path while watching and listening to 60's/70's music and pop culture. Then you realize it's an examination of parenting skills and how drastically they've changed in the past 50 years. Then you see that it's a study of personal choices and coping mechanisms. It's truly the story of an all-American family that looks disturbingly familiar to most of us. "Family Band" reminds us that fame is fleeting, talent survives, and family bonds can only be as strong or as weak as the amount of effort you put into them. Personally, I'm looking forward to seeing more documentaries from this amazing filmmaker.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By K. Kennedy on January 13, 2014
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Louise Palanker & Bob Cowsill do an incredible job of letting the world know the real story behind this incredibly talented family. Candid, sad, sweet, and forgiving all at the same time. If only Billy and Barry were able to see this.....
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By lincolnpark on January 11, 2014
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Bob provides a compassionate voice to his family's story. Loved it! Great family, great talent. Siblings with great love for one another.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By DrMusicFan69 on January 13, 2014
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Family Band: The Cowsill Story is one of the most moving and inspirational documentaries you will ever see. I came across it on Showtime in March 2013 and almost a year later I am still watching it. The film, by documentary filmmaker Louise Palanker, chronicles the rise and fall of the 1960’s band, family strife, and their spot in music history. The film earned the grand prize for Audience Favorite at the 2011 Rhode Island Film Festival. After seeing the film I became an instant fan. I am a member of Generation X – I was born after the Cowsills’ initial success. However I was so impressed by this family and this film that I was moved to purchase their music and see them multiple times in concert: Bob, Paul, & Susan Cowsill as The Cowsills, Susan in The Susan Cowsill Band, John Cowsill as the singing drummer in the touring Beach Boys. I have also had the pleasure of meeting Bob, Paul, and Susan who are very sweet, genuine people in addition to their incredible talent.

This is more than a film about a talented rock band. This film is about love and family – family that can withstand anything when love is there. It is a love story with incredible music. A few of my favorite quotes from the film sum it up well:

“As an adult I look back at The Cowsills and I see different versions of it, but the version that I love and I see, and I will keep to myself, they were the most absolutely insane talented group who got taken down a s***ty path, but that doesn’t change how great they were.” John Cowsill

“What we had and still have, and will have forever is our talent, our music, and each other. We have our family.” Bob Cowsill

“If you are lucky, you have people in your life who you call your family; if you are truly fortunate you figure out how to love each other.” Bob Cowsill

This documentary is a must see for lovers of GREAT music!
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