A documentary film is in the making revealing the true story of the Burner Boys – the infamous early 1970s Vancouver band whose original songs provoked frenzied attacks and rabid fans.
Filmmaker Eva Wunderman says the film explores the band and its original songs – never recorded before – and heard for the first time in over forty years. It follows the band members as they attempt to navigate their way through those tumultous times and to make a mark on the music scene of the day.
Based on frontman David Jenneson’s book – A Band is a Beautiful Thing – the film is an archival journey into Vancouver’s music scene. The film recalls stories of the band inciting riots, a shotgun wielding millionaire and car chase down through the winding roads of the British Properties in upscale West Vancouver, evading the law on occasion and of course the ever present unscrupulous booking agent sending them on treacherous tours – from the Mafia run Prince Rupert Hotel in Northern B.C. to the always dangerous crowd of the legendary Olympic Hotel in North Vancouver.
The original songs written at the time reflect the experiences and are woven throughout the film creating an auto-biographical musical.
From the love and peace of a Stanley Park Be-in to the police brutality of the Gastown Riot, the draconian drug laws of the time and the winds of war that swept young US draft dodgers north to Canada to escape the ravages of the Viet Nam conflict, the Burner Boys were there and the film gives a front row seat to it all.
The film is interspersed with the personal memories of fiercely loyal fans, strange characters that inhabit the story throughout – including one of the bizarre cast members of Frederico Fellini’s 1969 film Satyricon who lived not far from the Burner Boys house in Lynn Valley – as well as intimate stories from former band members and friends.