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The Movie |


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.


  1. Margaret Mitchell

    October 18, 2013 (11:08)

    Like the song……
    You guys must have had a blast in Vancouver in the early 70’s…….
    Looking forward to watching the movie…………
    GOOD LUCK !!!!!

  2. ahovden

    October 18, 2013 (21:46)

    Glad you like the song Margaret – are you from North Van? I do remember some Mitchell’s from NV:-) There’s more music on the Music page if you’re interested as well as a link through to the book which is what the movie will be based on. It’s a great read!


  3. Ken hovden

    January 31, 2014 (18:27)

    As the little brother I watched these characters trounce in and out of the family home begging for food and free dinners as strange smells came from Dave Jenesens corncob pipe outside the basement door.

    Watched thier shows if I could sneak underage into the Big On…or watched in awe from the streets of GAstown as they rocked Water street from the roof of the Europe Hotel. Also from the grass fields of Stanley park as they played the B in on a beautiful sunny day.

    The orange van racing through the streets of north van with Big D stuck in the passenger seat…almost always…was a common site to my friends as young teenagers we slouched our way through the streets of north van doing young teenager things. To us those guys were as cool as the Rolling Stones..,.and to think one of them was my brother?? Cool by association … Great times. Good luck with the project all associated with it. Wish you could have been there. 🙂

  4. Ken hovden

    January 31, 2014 (18:36)

    ” wish you could have been there …those that weren’t! “

  5. Jean-Luc Vilandré

    March 22, 2014 (01:36)

    I sure wish I would have moved to North Van in the very early 70’s instead of 1995, but I figure it’s never too late to be enlightened. I will be following what develops with the doc and can’t wait to find out what it was like during those days in North Van…

  6. Kathryn Harrop

    April 5, 2014 (19:04)

    Remember hanging around the basement door at Hovden’s house in those days myself. At times the Elder, Wire and Ken all having friends at home at the same time made for an interesting evening to say the least . Seeing the Burner Boys at the Easter Be-In, at the 140 in the “O”, it was an incredibly wonderful time to be growing up in North Vancouver. Great friends and the crazier the better glad I was there to share it.

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