THE MUSIC’S OVER – DEATH AND DYING IN POP MUSIC

From psychedelic rock in the 1960s and the 1970s’ punk movement to the gloomy dark wave of the 1980s and gangsta rap in the 1990s: artists from the various decades explain their relationship with dying and death.

The question as to the connection between death and rock music is often asked – not least from the viewpoint of the early deaths of so many rock greats including Jim Morrison, Sid Vicious and Amy Winehouse. But death too is subject to fashions: zeitgeist, social and political backgrounds all determine how death is dealt with. It is both an innovator and a destroyer. It is melancholy, romantic and rebellious all at the same time. This 52-minute music documentary “When the Music’s Over – Death and Dying in Pop Music” takes us on a journey through time and pop history. Starting in the 1960s with psychedelic rock and moving through the punk movement of the 1970s up to the gloomy dark wave of the 1980s as far as gangsta rap. Artists from the various decades explain their relationship with dying and death – whether as a metaphysical experience of being, the last possible negation, world weariness or brute force. The film takes us to the very beginnings of each pop genre, to Haight Ashbury, San Francisco’s hippy quarter, to New York City, Central England and Compton in South Central L.A., the mecca of gangsta rap, because only at these places can we paint a true picture of the mystical, excessive and fascinating symbiosis between pop and death.

Genre Music / Society
Length 52’ HD
Film by Hannes Rossacher and Claudia Bäckmann
Production kobalt productions for ZDF/ARTE
Original Title The music is over – Tod & Pop / The music is over – Pop mortelle
Year 2014

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From psychedelic rock in the 1960s and the 1970s’ punk movement to the gloomy dark wave of the 1980s and gangsta rap in the 1990s: artists from the various decades explain their relationship with dying and death.

The connection between death and rock music is a subject that has always fascinated us – not least against the background of the early deaths of such rock giants as Jim Morrison, Sid Vicious and Amy Winehouse. But death, too, is subject to fashions: zeitgeist, and social and political circumstances all determine how death is dealt with. It is both an innovator and a destroyer. It is melancholic, romantic and rebellious all at the same time. This film takes us on a journey through time and pop history. Artists from the various decades explain their relationship with dying and death – whether as a metaphysical experience of being, the last possible negation, world weariness or brute force. The film takes us to the very beginnings of each pop genre, to Haight Ashbury, San Francisco’s hippy quarter, to New York City, Central England and Compton in South Central L.A., the mecca of gangsta rap. Only at these places can we paint a true picture of the mystical, excessive and fascinating symbiosis between pop and death.

Music / Society
Length
52’ HD
Film by
Hannes Rossacher and Claudia Bäckmann
Production
kobalt productions for ZDF/ARTE, 2014
Original title
The music is over – Tod & Pop / The music is over – Pop mortelle