I just watched this film on BBC 4, and had to go out there and find a copy I could embed. This is an amazing story of a band who put decades into trying to get their music to the masses, with some success along the way, but with many barren years in recent decades. It’s a tale of hard work, devotion to your music, and passion for it too.
At the beginning we are told that the headlining acts at a major Japanese concert in 1984 were Scorpions, Whitesnake, Bon Jovi… and Anvil! The three former ones have all gone on to have hugely successful careers, but Anvil have not been so lucky.
Any young bands starting out should watch this film, because it will give you a taste of what might be on the cards, because there is only a small minority who do actually make it in the music industry. But don’t be disheartened, even if success by way of record deals with the majors and playing to crowds of thousands can’t be achieved, there are other measures of accomplishment.
This film is not only about the struggles of attempting to launch a music career over the long term, but also about friendship, family and the journey of life. It is one of the best music documentaries I’ve ever seen, and it can be watched below in English, with French subtitles. I don’t want to spoil the ending for you, but there is some relief for the band. Oh, and there is a book and dvd of this film available from Amazon, plus an instant video too.