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DIG! is an documentary about the once-promising American rock bands The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Dandy Warhols, with an intimate scope into the multi-faceted relationship between their respective founders, Anton Newcombe and Courtney Taylor.

Director: Ondi Timoner
Year: 2004
Time: 107 min

(2004) on IMDb

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Share this film. Give others a chance to dive into the world of music.

Make an effort to discover more independent music. Try websites like Soundcloud, Mixcloud, or Bandcamp.

Read One Model Nation, a graphic novel co-written by Courtney Taylor-Taylor of The Dandy Warhols.

Be aware of that no matter how cool or hip musicians may appear as they indulge in bad habits, drugs are not necessary for a successful music career. Recovery has many tips to help people stop abusing drugs and alcohol.

Try to imagine yourself encouraging those around you, rather than competing negatively.Positive breeds positive, and good towards others brings good back toward yourself.

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Interview With Director  Ondi Timoner

“OK, these guys are madmen and whatever’s going on with them and their music and their day- to-day life is more important than any kinda rules the industry has set up; they’re gonna play the game on their own terms if they’re gonna play it at all.”

Director Ondi Timoner answer questions about the making of DIG! Read the full interview on Directors Note.

Courtney Taylor Discussing DIG!

“The movie is very heated, I think, you know, that’s probably why it does so well”

Courtney Taylor from The Dandy Warhols on MTV 2’s Subterranean discussing DIG!, watch the video on Youtube.

Anton Newcombe

Rip It Up interview with The Brian Jonestown Massacre frontman Anton Newcombe.


Listen to our playlist with music from the film on Spotify.

Pranks, Lies and Videotape

“It’s not a documentary,” says Taylor, whose words seem to slide from his mouth prepackaged in ironic quotation marks. “It doesn’t ‘document’ anything except the time the cops got on our bus in France. That’s the only thing that was not set up in that entire movie.”

A decade after the documentary DIG! The Dandy Walhols claim the material to be staged and fabricated. Read the interview on Willamette Week.

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“As the UK celebrates 20 years of Britpop, thoughts automatically turn to one of the genres greatest legacies, the rivalry between Manchester band Oasis and their London counterparts, Blur. From media-fuelled slanging matches, to attempted poisonings and shootings, we list six of the most famous musical rivalries over the centuries.”

You’ll find the list here.

The 50 Most Drug-Addled Albums in History

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Can ‘Fake’ Documentaries Still Tell the Truth?

“If you examine any documentary, you see how shaped it is, and how similar the narrative structure is to that of a fiction film”

Read about the artificiality/authenticity of docs here.

Who Else Has Lead Vocalist Syndrome?

“Yes, L.V.S. is real, and it’s been a bane to popular music since 1942, when Frank Sinatra was released from his contract with Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra with assistance from Chicago mobster Sam Giancana, Frank couldn’t help himself. ”

Find out more here.


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