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"Pure gold" — WIRED
"An absolute blast" — AIN'T IT COOL
"Brash, philosophical and thoroughly kickass" — AUSTIN CHRONICLE
Director: Greg Olliver & Wes Orshoski
Cast: Lemmy Kilmister, Dave Grohl, James Hetfield, Billy Bob Thornton, Captain Sensible, Henry Rollins, Slash
Producers: Greg Olliver, Wes Orshoski
Print Source: Greg Olliver, Wes Orshoski
Hell. Yes. Lemmy. The man is a legend and Motörhead remain one of coolest, hardest, 100% pretense-free bands in the world. If you’re a fan of the band—even if you have no interest in the band at all—you can’t not be fascinated by its enigmatic frontman Lemmy Kilmister, one of the founding fathers of heavy metal. It might have helped that he was a speedfreak back then, which got him booted from the legendary prog rock set Hawkwind (not that they were exactly straight-edge!) and likely had no small influence on his uniquely aggressive and anthemic approach to music. But beyond his shaping so much of what we love today in metal and punk, and participating in a whack of cult films, Lemmy is what most people would call a “character.” A very smart and funny one, who calls it bluntly like he sees it, often while under the influence. About that last part, Lemmy has a legendary ability to ingest insane amounts of whatever he happens to be ingesting at the moment, and simply carrying on with nary a stumble or stutter. People have gotten acute blood poisoning trying to keep up with the man, and this doc details a number of incredible “recreational” stories.
No surprise, as this film covers and captures damn near everything. Co-directors Wes Orshoski and Greg Olliver, the former a gifted photojournalist, both clearly fans, were granted unbelievable access to every side of Lemmy’s life, not to mention everybody in it. Whether he’s hanging out at a bar with Billy Bob Thornton, driving in a WWII-era military tank, recording with Dave Grohl, relaxing with his son or performing onstage with Metallica to an audience in the tens of thousands, Lemmy behaves exactly the same way. You simply won’t find a more honest person in music.
The film is full of ear-blasting tunes and concert clips, but this isn’t a vanilla “rock doc” made up largely of performance sequences. This is really about the man, and that’s what makes LEMMY so great. Featuring appearances by Henry Rollins, Mick Jones, Slash, Joan Jett, Ozzy, Alice Cooper, Metallica, The Damned, Hawkwind, Jarvis Cocker, Nikki Sixx, Scott Ian—the list goes on. All have hysterical or illuminating stories to tell, and their enthusiasm is beyond contagious. So throw back a few Coke and Jacks, leave your earplugs at home and join us in celebrating Lemmy—the unstoppable, eccentric bass-bomber who lives in overkill and refuses to be killed by death.