13 Jan
Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister finally gets his documentary

We don’t have any more rock stars. Sorry kids, thems the facts. Sure we have plenty of fame-reluctant indie bands floating around, talentless attention-starved pop stars clogging the airwaves, and more than enough material-obsessed rappers to fill the Mall of America, but we don’t have any Rock Stars. You know, guys like David Lee Roth that ride a surfboard above an audience in assless chaps, or Motley Crue who once figured snorting a line of ants was an appropriate activity. Even Axl Rose, who had more passion and anger in his pinkie than Nickelback, Avenge Sevenfold and Puddle of Shit have in their entire fanbase. And at the top of this Mount Rushmore of Rock Stardom sits perhaps the ugliest rock star the planet has ever seen: Lemmy Fucking Kilmister. For over four decades the Motorhead frontman has spit into a mic and abused his bass with the immediacy of a lunatic, and that’s not even touching on his offstage antics. The man is a legend among legends, and the documentary Lemmy: 49% Motherf**ker 51% Son of a Bitch plans to tell this story. Shot on a combination of High Def digital and Super 16mm film, Lemmy includes interviews with a coterie of music and cultural icons such as Metallica, Slash, Dave Grohl, Ozzy Osbourne, Joy Division/New Order’s Peter Hook, actor Billy Bob Thornton, wrestler Triple H, Alice Cooper and perhaps best of all Mick Jones of The Clash. This cavalcade of friends, family, bandmates, admirers and felons lay a latticework of anecdotes that aim to illuminate the hard living, chain smoking, whiskey swigging 65-year-old Lemmy in a new light. Praised as “pure gold” by WIRED, Lemmy made its world premiere in March 2010 at the South by Southwest Film and Music Festival, and is finally coming to theaters around the country this month. Angelenos — go see it TONIGHT at the Vista Theater, or all next week at Laemmle’s Sunset 5. All others, check the website for screenings.

Trailer #2 below, but if that’s not enough hit the Jump to see the original trailer for Lemmy: 49% Motherf**ker, 51% Son of a Bitch…

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  1. steve berry says:

    I’ve seen it. And this is what I learnt. Lemmy lives in a rent-controlled apartment with lots of other old people, he drives a mini-van and spends his days playing slot machines.

    What a badass!

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