The story of Fishbone
, the alternative band that formed out of Los Angeles in 1979, deserves to be told far and wide. The "disparate, all-black oddball crew" emerged to blend punk, ska, funk, soul and rock musical influences achieving its high water mark of commercial success during the late 80's and early 90's. Coming from South Central, five of the six original members were bused to school in the San Fernando Valley as youth helping, in part, to explain the formation of their quintessentially LA sound and evolving leftist, anti-racist politics.
By the time "Everyday Sunshine
" off of their 1991 release The Reality of My Surroundings
hit radio stations and MTV, all the diligence of their hard work was starting to pay off, but soon things would begin to fall apart. This came to a dramatic head when bassist Norwood Fisher
faced kidnapping charges stemming from a failed intervention in 1993 to bring a troubled guitarist Kendall Jones
back into the fold of the band. Through the following years of changing lineups and treading forth without major label support, Fishbone continues on to the present day.
The raucous retelling of their musical life is central to the documentary Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone
. The film, directed by Lev Anderson
and Chris Metzler
, heavily involved the band's input and premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June 2010. Actor Lawrence Fishburne
narrates as members of Fishbone are interviewed in addition to other musicians such as Gwen Stefani
, and George Clinton
. Portland Mercury hailed the effort as "One of the best music documentaries, period." The DVD release of Everyday Sunshine
came in February of this year, but a free screening awaits the seasoned and curious alike tomorrow evening in Huntington Beach. Pale Griot Film
and Coastline Community College
are presenting the documentary with a special Q&A session afterward with the filmmakers and faculty for one night and one night only. Don't miss it!
Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone screens tomorrow at Coastline Art Gallery, 10156 Adams Ave. Huntington Beach. 6 p.m. Free!