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Working Class Rock Star (2007)

GWAR , Lamb of God , Justin McConnell  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: GWAR, Lamb of God, Unearth, Arch Enemy, Strapping Young Lad
  • Directors: Justin McConnell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Cinema Epoch
  • DVD Release Date: November 11, 2008
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001EAWMC4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,263 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Working Class Rock Star" on IMDb

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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. This documentary follows the lives and careers of Tub Ring, Bloodshoteye, and 3 Mile Scream, with supporting interviews from major players in the music scene like Lamb of God and Gwar.

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5.0 out of 5 stars It's about time somebody made a documentary like this! October 30, 2008
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great education on 'the Biz'. November 29, 2008
WORKING CLASS ROCK STAR is basically a documentary that addresses the ugly side of the music business. The side that not a lot of people see... most of the bands you look up to who seem larger than life are actually broke, tour with little or no support from record labels, and are used merely as tools to make money. Not that the musicians in this DVD are complaining about how hard their lives are by any means. They actually love what they do, but just emphasize the sacrifices that one has to make in order to break into the music business, especially in the overpopulated world of Metal.

A majority of the documentary follows the lives of three struggling bands: 3 Mile Scream (a Metalcore band from Quebec, Canada), Tub Ring (an Experimental Alternative metal band from Chicago), and Bloodshoteye (a Metalcore band from Canada). The rest of the documentary features interviews from musicians who are established and others who are still struggling to be heard. You hear from the likes of Devin Townsend of Strapping Young Lad, Randy Blythe of Lamb Of God, Dave Brockie (Oderus Urungus) of GWAR, Peter Dolving of The Haunted, Sharlee D'Angelo of Arch Enemy, and others, including some bands that I (and probably you) have never heard of.

I found this documentary to be pretty good but not as great as I was expecting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really amazing documentary. November 8, 2013
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Great documentary. Makes you think about how dreams come true as nightmares some times and all the effort needed to become a celebrity. The other face of music industry.
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