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The Go-Go’s Documentary

Having set the stage for super-pop, female groups like the Spice Girls and the Pussycat Dolls, today marks the release of The Go-Go’s, the Showtime documentary about the mega-successful 1980’s lady trio.

The first all-woman group to write their own songs, play their own instruments and snag a #1 pop song, The Go-Go’s film is a straightforward music doc offering a strict chronological timeline of the group’s rise, reign and breakup, highlighting every important moment along the way, including the formation, youthful ambition, shedding early members for new ones, discovery, meteoric rise, partying, drugs, rehab, squabbles over money, their breakup and more.

The piece is chock full of archival footage, focusing on the group’s roots in the Los Angeles punk scene and when a band member mentions a specific show, magazine photo shoot, or trip to Vegas, viewers get the highly specific receipts of blurry footage, foggy negatives, or a series of Polaroids showing the five women clowning around in a Vegas hotel room. In general, it’s an encompassing and brutally honest film that sets the tone for a myriad of girl groups that followed and here’s the The Go Go’s trailer.

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