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SU 19 Festival Film | Boom! A Film About The Sonics (Midwest Premier)

  • Bryant Lake Bowl 810 West Lake Street Minneapolis, MN, 55408 United States (map)

Screening date: Fri. November 16, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM
Venue: Bryant Lake Bowl
Cost: $12 in advance / $14 at the door
Category: Midwest Premier | In Competition
Run Time/Year/Country: 84 min, 2018, USA
Director: Jordan Albertsen

Sponsored by 89.3 The Current, Extreme Noise Records, Indeed Brewing

Director Jordan Albertsen will be in attendance


Boom! tells the story of the most important band you’ve never heard of: The Sonics. After exploding into the music scene in the 1960s, they threatened to fade away, but their impact is still felt through the industry. A captivating and inspiring documentary, Boom! tells the authentic story of the grandfathers of punk. Full: 50 years since The Sonics exploded into the rock music scene, their shockwaves are still being felt. They are the most important band you’ve never heard of, with legends from The White Stripes to Bruce Springsteen to Nirvana citing them as a major inspiration. Director Jordan Albertsen tracks the band from their rising Northwest small-town success in the 1960s, blasting out pieces like “The Witch” and “Louie, Louie” to the groups eventual slow dissolve, and their later underground reemergence in the UK. Interviews with the five original members provide an authentic and detailed account of their history, while also allowing the film to function as an inspirational story of delayed recognition, as they realize their music did not fade away. Filled with great anecdotes and wonderful personality, Boom! is a fascinating exploration into how legends are made and history is shaped, even if avoiding mainstream awareness. Featuring interviews with Heart, Pearl Jam, The Sex Pistols, Mudhoney, and many more, it becomes clear how The Sonics were the grandfathers of punk, the originators of garage and grunge, pioneering that heavy, ecstatic, shredding, wild energy that instills rock music with life.


Earlier Event: November 16
SU 19 Festival Event | Happy Hour