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Members Of Influential Rock Band 'Death' On Their Journey From Detroit To Vermont

Bobby and Dannis Hackney are two of the founding members of the influential band Death.
Elodie Reed
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Bobby and Dannis Hackney are two of the founding members of the influential band Death.

After breaking up in 1977, the influential proto-punk band Death had a remarkable resurgence starting in 2009. Fans who were unaware of the band's place in musical history were turned on to Death thanks to a release of some of their music and a documentary that charted their story: A Band Called Death.

The two surviving members of the trio moved to Vermont from Detroit after the band's breakup. This Saturday, October 19, they'll play a special concert in Essex along with a screening of the documentary.

Bobby and Dannis Hackney of Death spoke with VPR's Mitch Wertlieb about their music and their band's unconventional trajectory.

Correction Oct. 18 3:30 P.M.: This story previously had the incorrect date for Death's concert in Essex. They play on Saturday, October 19.

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