ELWOOD SNOCK & THE LAND OF LO-FI
About Folks Catch It Take Part Posts

 


FILM STILL OF THE HOLY MODAL ROUNDERS

 

HOLY MODAL ROUNDERS


The Rounders still loom large. Renowned for their wild ways and off-color lyrics, the Holy Modal Rounders were picture perfect underground-influential at their peak in the late 1960s and 70s – both in the East, where they frequented New York City, and the West, after a second iteration of the band landed in Portland, OR where they continued to be based for the next 20 odd years. The unyielding wack-jobness of their performances and tunes contained bits of traditional American folk music and the beat generation melded with the psychedelic esthetics of the 60s. After eleven albums, many collaborations and a hit in the film Easy Rider, they still astound by saying whatever they feel like saying, no matter how outrageous. A cast including Robin Remaily, Dave Reisch, Steve Weber, Peter Stampfel and Sam Shepard, among others, roved around, frequently encountering Michael Hurley through friendships and musical connection. To be clear – Michael is not now, nor was he ever, a member of the Holy Modal Rounders. He did grow up with a few of them in Bucks County, PA in their early wailing days, and he did make an album with them (in their Unholy form) called Have Moicy! in 1975, for which he also painted the album cover. In Portland, the Rounders were the preferred dance band and darlings of the gig circuit, where a few of them continue to perform. In 2006, a feature documentary came out on the Holy Modal Rounders called Born to Lose.


NEXT

         
DONATE through SAN FRANCISCO FILM SOCIETYBUY DVD CONTACT US
A FILM BY Lisa Foti-Straus & Susannah Morse WITH Michael Hurley ANIMATED BY Drew Christie