Monks: The Transatlantic Feedback | 2008
The Monks, 5 American GIs in cold war Germany, who billed themselves as the anti-Beatles, were heavy on feedback, nihilism and electrical banjo. With strange haircuts, dressed in black, they mocked the military and rocked harder than any of their mid-sixties counterparts while managing to invent industrial, punk and techno music. The documentary not only illustrates the pop music phenomenon in its political, social and cultural historic contexts, but also reveals the monks project as the first marriage between art and popular music and this long before Andy Warhol and the Velvet Underground. After more than thirty years the 5 former Monks for the first time talk about their adventure.