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Rush: The Rise of Kings2014

  • 4.0
The most successful band to emerge from the Canadian rock explosion of the early 1970s, Rush would go on to become one of that nation's biggest entertainment exports. A trio of musical polymaths who cut a fiercely independent, sometimes controversial path through various musical styles to forge a distinctive, evolving sound that was incomparable to that of any of their contemporaries, this hugely influential group have flourished across a forty-plus year career. This film traces the history of Rush from the bar rooms of Toronto in the late 1960s to the world's largest arenas in the late 70s and early 1980s, by which time they were amongst the biggest bands on the planet. Through a stunning combination of rare and classic footage, the testimony of friends, colleagues and those who worked with the group across the years, plus exclusive and archive interviews and a host of other features, this programme makes the very unique history of Rush come alive in a manner previously undocumented.

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Member Reviews (1)

Pretty good documentary covering the 'growing up' period of a fantastic, one of a kind band. This doc has gotten a fair amount of bad reviews on Amazon, in my opinion misguidedly. It's informative, it features insightful interviews both with people that have worked with the band (member of road crew, former producer/engineer etc) and members of the rock press that are knowledgeable, have long covered the band and understand what they are all about. The fact that this wasn't produced with the band's involvement, or that the background music isn't Rush's music, shouldn't be especially relevant. It's a decent documentary, taken for what it is - biographical.