Bound to Lose

A deeply entertaining meditation on the power of friendship and music, this video documentary by Paul Lovelace and Sam Wainwright Douglas chronicles the wild four-decade career of the Holy Modal Rounders. While various members—including playwright Sam Shepard—came and went over the years, the band's true core was Peter Stampfel and Steve Weber, a pair of fun-loving, highly literate pranksters who took the piss out of the 60s folk movement while displaying an understanding and love of American folk traditions that easily transcended that of most of their peers. Drugs drove a wedge between them in the 70s, as Stampfel straightened up and raised a family in New York while Weber moved the ragtag band to Portland. Shot over three years, beginning around the time the duo released a 1999 comeback album, the film captures the pair's volatile relationship, whose many ups and downs are soothed by a powerful shared musical aesthetic. 87 min.

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