WE JAM ECONO - THE STORY OF THE MINUTEMEN is the acclaimed feature-length documentary on the too-brief life of one of the most revered, intriguing, and inspired American bands ever. At the heart of their story is the immeasurable personal and musical bond between bassist Mike Watt and singer and guiatrist D. Boon. Childhood friends, their unbridled creativity and political views were the foundation of this groundbreaking band which refused to be categorized as Punk.
The film weaves together personal tales from Watt and drummer George Hurley with archival interview footage of the band and rare live performances. New interviews with over 50 musicians, artists, journalists, and friends help tell the Minutemen story, from their humble beginnings in the harbor town of San Pedro, California, to the tragic 1985 death of D. Boon in a highway accident in the Arizona desert.
"The band was driven by large passions and a keen, questioning intelligence, qualities that Boon himself embodied. His songwriting successfully married the band's art-noise leanings to his populist ambitions, and did so without compromise." - SPIN
"Their idealism, their humor and decency is spellbinding" - Sarah Vowell, The New York Times
"The Minutemen were influential then and now, and 'We Jam Econo' is a valentine to the band D. Boon's memory. They're immortal now, and that's as it should be." - Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"No band epitomized smart punk rock more than the Minutemen and no band's legacy better captures the sense of tragedy that underlies the history of punk." - Marc Mohan, The Oregonian
- Feature "We Jam Econo - The Story of the Minutemen" (90min)
- Original music videos for: "This Ain't No Picnic" "Ack Ack Ack Ack" and "King of the Hill"
- 19 Deleted Scenes and Interviews
- Uncut Bard College Interview (56min)
- English Subtitles for the hearing impaired
62 songs from three live performances:
- The Starwood Los Angeles, CA - November 18th, 1980 (Includes multi-angle feature)
- 9:30 Club Washington, D.C. - 1984
- Acoustic Blowout (Cable Access Show) - Hollywood, CA - 1985
- 16-page booklet with full color photos, flyers, filmmaker notes and liner notes by David Rees, creator of "Get Your War On".
D. Boon, Mike Watt, George Hurley, Milo Auckerman, Joe Baiza, Kevin Barrett, Scott Becker, Jello Biafra, Richard Bonney, Jack Brewer, Dez Cadena, Joe Carducci, Nels Cline, Byron Coley, Ed Crawford, Brother Dale, Richard Derrick, John Doe, Chuck Dukowski, Ray Farrell, Flea, Michael C Ford, Carlos Guitarlos, Grant Hart, Richard Hell, Pat Hoed, Robert Holzman, Randall Jahnson, Kjel Johansen, Curt Kirkwood, Martin Lyon, Ian MacKaye, Dave Markey, Mike Martt, J Mascis, Brother Matt, Stephen McClellan, Vince Meghrouni, Richard Meltzer, Mike Mills, Thurston Moore, W.T. Morgan, Chris Morris, Keith Morris, Brendan Mullen, Colin Newman, Greg Norton, Raymond Pettibon, Tony Platon, Lee Ranaldo, David Rees, Lisa Roeland, Nanette Roeland, Kira Roessler, Henry Rollins, Kurt Schellenbach, Spot, John Talley-Jones, Tom Watson, Jean Watt