Breaking A Monster

Breaking A Monster

The Story of Unlocking the Truth

DVD - 2016
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Bonding over their love of music, three grade schoolers from Brooklyn, Alec Atkins, Malcolm Brickhouse, and Jarad Dawkins, spend their weekends playing heavy metal/speed punk in Times Square as "Unlocking the Truth." After the band achieves internet fame, the boys are confronted with the realities that come with being rock stars. The documentary chronicles their first year, as the band enters the very adult world of touring, managers, and a $1.8 million record contract.
Publisher: [United States] :, RLJ Entertainment,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2015
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (94 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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VcrRocker
Jun 02, 2018

This doc showcases everything wrong with the corporate music machine - it drove Kurt Cobain to death. Note how the label dictates the band's every move once the contract is signed...even down to using outside songwriters. It's a sure bet that the band and their parents could not explain the contracts they signed. Even the glutton media waves the "$1.8 million" number all over the headlines with no explanation what it really means. Surrey library books on Creedence Clearwater's contracts, and The Beatles' publishing fiasco, as well as a great book on Allen Klein, should be mandatory reading before watching this story. Pay attention to the film...it spells death not fame.

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May 04, 2018

The 2 clips from home videos at the beginning of the movie show the impressive improvement in skill on the electric guitar over 9 months.

It was amusing to see representatives of Sony talking to the kids like they were adults. The kids were bored. One was even playing a hand held video game under the table at the meetings. The adults even had a story board made up for a music video before consulting the kids. One of the kids spoke up and said that idea for the video had nothing to do with what the song was about.

There's footage of the kids signing contracts. Are the contracts even valid? Since the kids are minors, is it legally binding?

It was great to see the footage of the kids in concert and the positive response they got from the adult crowd. Some critics consider the kids nothing more than a novelty act because they're still in grade school, or because they're African-Americans playing heavy metal. But the people in the mosh pit in the background of the concert were enjoying what they were hearing and not watching a novelty on stage.

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