The Stooges were an undeniably influential band. From Ann Arbor, Michigan, their brand of heavy, distorted garage rock helped lay the foundations for punk and alternative, and even influenced David Bowie.
At this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, Gimme Danger, a documentary about the iconic band from director Jim Jarmusch will premier in the TIFF DOCS programme. Featuring Iggy Pop, Ron Asheton, Scott Asheton, and Danny Fields, Jarmusch comments: “Like The Stooges and their music, Gimme Danger is a little wild, messy, emotional, funny, primitive and sophisticated in the most unrefined way. Long live The Stooges’!”
The documentary chronicles the band’s story and contextualizes their emergence musically, culturally, politically, and historically. It also tells of their adventures while discussing the band’s inspirations, reasons behind the commercial challenges when they first began, and their legacy.
Another documentary at this year’s TIFF also covers a highly influential band: The Beatles. Or at least, it discusses one person who was important during the group’s early years. The 6th Beatle tells the story of Sam Leach, a working-class Liverpudlian — just like the musicians themselves — who promoted and championed the Fab Four before being replaced by Brian Epstein.
Check out the TIFF website for the full list of what will be featured and all the latest news. The festival runs from September 8 to 18.