'The Go-Go's': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about Showtime docu on legendary all-girl band
It shows the career of the most successful female rock group of all time, charting their meteoric rise to fame during the height of the LA punk scene
A new music documentary about the revolutionary all-girl new wave band The Go-Go's will be airing on the Showtime network this weekend. Director Alison Ellwood (Laurel Canyon) tells a remarkable tale about the girl group's meteoric rise to fame during the height of the LA punk scene in the 1980s, from playing at seedy dive bars all the way to packed venues like Madison Square Garden. They were acknowledged as the first female group to write their own songs, play their own instruments, and storm their way to the top of the Billboard charts, and the documentary 'The Go-Go's' gives viewers a better perspective of what their incredible journey and career were like.
The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier in 2020 and features archive footage and candid present-day interviews with the band members themselves, as well as some celebrity fans who talk about their impact. "We lived it and we survived it,” the female rockers revealed in a statement. “Now, looking back on our history through this film, we get to relive our journey as a band: the fun, the adventure, the highs, and the lows. We hope this documentary will show the world that we were pioneers, and how our experience paved the way for many other female (and some male!) musicians.”
Here's everything you need to know about 'The Go-Go's' documentary.
'The Go-Go’s' documentary is a 98-minute-long feature that will air on the Showtime network this Friday, July 31 at 9 pm ET / 6 pm PT. An encore replay will also air on Saturday, August 1 at 7.20 pm ET / 4.20 pm PT on Showtime.
Here's what Showtime has to say about their upcoming documentary: "As the first multi-platinum-selling, all-female band to play their own instruments, write their own songs and soar to No. 1 on the album charts, the Go-Go's are the most successful female rock band of all time. Underpinned by candid testimonies from the Go-Go's past and present, this documentary chronicles the meteoric rise to fame of a band born of the LA punk scene that not only captured but created a zeitgeist."
The five female members of the Go-Go's, namely lead vocalist Belinda Carlisle, lead guitarist/keyboardist Charlotte Caffey, rhythm guitarist Jane Wiedlin, bassist Kathy Valentine, and drummer Gina Schock, will appear in the documentary. Also making special appearances are former manager Ginger Canzoneri, Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill, Lee Thompson of Madness, Lynval Golding of The Specials, the punk poet Pleasant Gehman, Stewart Copeland, the drummer of The Police and Miles Copeland of IRS Records, among others. Former members like bassist Margot Olavarria and drummer Elissa Bello also feature in interviews, along with replacement bassist Paula Jean Brown.
This Showtime documentary has been directed by Alison Ellwood, and produced by Trevor Birney, Art Cisneros, Andre Coutu, Eimhear O'Neill and Corey Russell. The production houses involved are Fine Point Films and Fadoo Productions, in association with Polygram Entertainment, Universal Music Group, and Interscope Films.
You can check out the official trailer for the 98-minute documentary here:
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