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Descent into the Maelstrom – The Radio Birdman Story
1hr 49 minutes
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‘We were treated like scum and outlaws, so we said, ‘okay, that’s just what we’ll be’ – Deniz Tek
Radio Birdman were one of the great Detroit rock’n’roll bands, except they came from Sydney. New York had The Ramones, London had The Sex Pistols, and Australia had Radio Birdman. Birdman formed with the promise to never compromise their art, even though this led to them being kicked out and shut down. They started their own venue and launched the Australian underground scene. Signed by Seymour Stein of Sire Records the very night he first saw them, they set off to the UK tour for a tour with the Flaming Groovies. But the intensity that drove the band to greatness turned inwards and by 1978 they broke up in the UK, driving around in the ‘Van of Hate’. Now the band members tell their story on film for the first time. For all fans of music, this is ESSENTIAL viewing.