Fri 6/28 @ 8PM
Recently, a documentary film was released about the life of Stiv Bators, the notorious lead singer of early punk rockers the Dead Boys, who left Cleveland behind for New York City in the mid 70s, when that city was becoming ground zero for the punk/new wave underground.
Stiv became a celebrity of sorts, with all kinds of bizarre stories attached to him, along with some of the scene’s most desirable women. A walking contradiction, he was by turns outrageous and utterly charming.
After the Dead Boys disintegrated, he went on to record some solo music and form Lords of the New Church, before dying young in 1990, after being hit by a car in Paris. Even his death was mysterious and controversial: he went home, seemingly unhurt, and died there overnight.
The film was screened at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque earlier this year in a sold-out event. It will be screened again at the Beachland Tavern to celebrate the DVD release. Four local bands will play — X_X, Lords of the New Church, Make It Stop and Strange Messenger — before the film is screened at midnight.
Admission is $10.