Lemmy

lemmyChronicling the life of Lemmy Kilmister, the legendary frontman of Motorhead, this documentary covers the man from his humble beginnings as a kid growing up with an average family in the UK to his 2010 status as established heavy metal icon. Of course Lemmy sadly passed away in 2016 so that information was thankfully not part of this project.

I say thankfully because this doc is more of a celebration rather than a mourning which was great to see after his passing. Speaking of those celebrating, the film includes many, many interviews all discussing why they hold Lemmy in such high regard or how he effected their lives through music. The list of interviewees includes: Dave Navarro, Kat Von D, Nikki Sixx, Billy Bob Thornton, Duff McKagan, Dee Snider, Alice Cooper, Slash, James Hatfield, Ozzy Osbourne, Joan Jett, Dave Grohl, and many more.

Lemmy’s musical history is covered at length from his very first band in school, through his years in the influential druggy prog-rock band Hawkwind to his extensive history with (as) Motorhead. Motorhead has had numerous members come and go but Lemmy has always been there up front slinging his Richenbacher beneath the slanted/perched mic that was part of his stage signature. The impact Motorhead had (and still has) is palpable through the passionate testimonials of the musicians that are almost giddy talking about the songs that shaped their own musical endeavors. There are emotional moments as well with the inclusion of some screen time with Lemmy’s son.

I had the pleasure of seeing Motorhead live a couple of times and have to say they were great. But also loud, really, really loud. Loud to the point where I had to walk out of a showcase I saw them play in Burbank during the Foundations Fest. That was loud in an unreal way that was just a bit too punishing, they pushed limits like that and were once regarded as the loudest band in the world by the Guiness Book of World Records.

If you are a fan of the band or of metal and hard rock in general, I highly recommend checking out this doc on Netflix.

reviewed by Sean McKnight