Filmage: The Story of Descendents\All

Synopsis: Long before punk rock inflicted its puncture wound on the map of mainstream music, the Descendents were in a van brewing a potent mix of pop, angst, love and coffee and influencing a generation to come. FILMAGE: The Story of DESCENDENTS/ALL follows drummer and square-peg Bill Stevenson as he pushes himself and a rotating door of band-mates to "achieve ALL," his relentless concept of "going for greatness, the utmost possible" despite any and all setbacks. Interviews with the band and contemporaries such as Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana), Mark Hoppus (Blink-182), Mike Watt (Minutemen), Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion) and many more reveal the untold tale of one of the most overachieving and influential bands in punk, serving as a reminder to always "go for greatness," because sometimes you're gonna get it.
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My recollection is him working for

my dad when he was about 14 or 15

and asking me,

"Keith, what music should

I be listening to?"

Billy just struck me as that goofy

kid that maybe needed some guidance,

maybe he needed somebody to point

him in the right direction.

I guess I was giving

him a list of things

to do to lead to

freakdom or whatever.

Little did we know that Billy was going to grow

up to be the drummer of not only the Descendents

and ALL,

but Black Flag in between.

See, we grew up where all of the

music around us was Top 40.

The Dooby Brothers

or the worst of Fleetwood Mac.

Most of it was pretty

bland, pretty boring,

and there was no bright spot.

With the exception of The Last.


I, like a lot

of others, was

really dissatisfied

by the state of rock music.

I was like 20,

had been brought up on

the Woodstock myth,

and I couldn't wait to

get out there and

start going to all

the great shows

only to find that,

as the early '70s

developed, all the

really good people died.

So I discovered there were these

bands with silly names

like the Ramones.

That was my big cue.

I threw a bunch of soundproofing

in the garage, and

at that time we came up with

the band name The Last.

Through the Nolte

brothers, we happened to

meet characters

like Frank Navetta.

Total kook, total freak.

Frank came to

my school, America Martyrs, in sixth grade,

and I was friends with

him straight away.

We both had interest in music. We both

started playing guitar at the same time.

They were

just typical kids.

The next thing I know they're

deciding to start a band.

"Yeah, we're gonna call

ourselves the Descendents."

Frank came up with the

Descendents. He had the funny spelling.

Thought he was clever.

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