The Untold Story of Rock n Roll’s Legendary Superfans
DENNIS AND LOIS:
A Documentary by Chris Cassidy
Featuring The Happy Mondays, Peter Hook (Joy Division),
Andy Rourke (The Smiths), The Ramones and more
Get a Sneak Peek via BrooklynVegan
Support the Film via Kickstarter
There are bands, there are fans, and then there are Dennis and Lois. Today, BrooklynVegan is exclusively announcing a project over forty years in the making: the story of a New York couple who have transcended beyond just being “music fans”, the legends behind the legends. Filmmaker Chris Cassidy has been following Dennis and Lois ever since meeting them at a Mekons show in 2010, and now with over 550 hours of footage, is ready to bring the documentary to life. Starting today, fans can contribute via Kickstarter to help cover post-production costs and get a sneak peek of what’s to come: a glimpse of Dennis and Lois’ road to 10,000 shows via BrooklynVegan.
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In the Rock n Roll world, the word “legends” is normally reserved for the performers and the stars, but every now and then, certain people rise up between the cracks of celebrity and fame to cement their own legacy. Dennis and Lois are such people.
On their first date they went to a little known, down and dirty music venue on the Bowery with the letters “CBGB” printed on the awning. On the stage inside, four dudes with black leather jackets played three-chord melodies at 200 mph. Standing amongst just a handful of people, they fell in love with this band and, by way of a spiritual-musical menage-a-trois, with each other.
The band was, of course, the now legendary Ramones, the most influential punk rock band of all time, and it wouldn’t be long before Dennis and Lois were part of their inner circle.
Over the last forty years and counting, they’ve have seen over 10,000 live concerts, collected a veritable who’s who list of rock and roll friends, have a Happy Mondays song named for them and are considered by many, respected voices of the what’s happening with indie and punk music today.
DENNIS & LOIS is a documentary about love, passion and the power of music. It’s about a couple who’ve always lived on their own terms, and who have dedicated their lives to the spirit of rock and roll with a self-imposed moral obligation to give back to those who create the music that moves them. It’s a film about the long list of artists that they’ve come to call friends, who consider Dennis and Lois an integral part of their own success and purpose.
Now more than ever, the music they love has become the one thing that is keeping them going. The gigs, the artists, and the sleepless road trips are what Dennis and Lois live for. It is their purpose.
There are bands, fans and then there is Dennis and Lois.