Louder Than Love: The Grande Ballroom Story

Video: Louder Than Love – The Grande Ballroom Story

This looks awesome. I love that the trailer uses the Bob Seger System‘s “Heavy Music.” De-fucking-troit!

The filmmakers’ Facebook page claims a release date of Summer 2010, but they also say they “have more scheduled interviews in early 2010,” so we’ll see. Let’s hope this one has better luck than the ill-fated MC5 documentary, A True Testimonial.

Check out flickr’s collection of recent rotted interior shots. It’s way beyond repair. Sad.

[Updated some links, 1/7/2019. -ed.]

6 thoughts on “Louder Than Love: The Grande Ballroom Story”

  1. That looks awesome. My dad has this old friend who’s an adverstising exec who I’d met a handful of times over the years (lives in Boston, I’m from Detroit), and I remember when I was getting really into playing guitar as a teenager this very normal looking, straight-laced working guy heard about it and was very supportive. He was like, “I used to be in a band man, we were getting kind of big. We opened for Grand Funk at the Grande! It was amazing!” And I didn’t know who GFR was or what the Grande was either, because I was young and dumb. He actually gave me a laminated stage pass thing that I think I still have somewhere. It’s pretty cool. Later on I tracked down some of their recordings and it’s some good stuff. “Beacon Street Union” they were called. But it just goes to show you: next time one of your dad’s “normal” friends is over, ask him if he played the Grande, because you never know.

  2. Nugent Slams

    He is also maybe the biggest profile a low budget film such as this can land. I don’t believe in Nugent’s rhetoric and never have but I support his right to express himself. Knowing him after working for him in 1986 he spoke very highly of The MC5,Motown, James Brown, etc. He was always fair and polite and a pleasure to work for.There is an onstage Nugent and an off stage Nugent and what I saw in the clip seemed to be the offstage Nugent. And as I’m sober these days I feel he had a point with his anti drug message even at the time is was hugely unpopular. I to would rather see more of the acts that I like but Ted was there and therefore part of the story. As is Mark Farner and other “Non Hip” performers by “Selective Memory” Elitists. The Hippy thing started great and some ideas were far reaching to this day but now that generation has been the greediest in USA history.

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