Fans still waiting for the long-promised DVD of 2011’s Wax Trax! Records Retrospectacle: 33⅓ Year Anniversary concert got good and bad news this week: While the concert film still isn’t finished, a new documentary is in the works that promises to chronicle the “rise and fall of Wax Trax! Records” via artist and employee interviews, home video clips and never-before-seen footage from the Wax Trax! vault.
Julia Nash, daughter of late Wax Trax! co-founder Jim Nash, revealed plans for the documentary on her WaxTraxChicago.com site, noting that it will be put together by the team behind the 2009 documentary “You Weren’t There: A History of Chicago Punk 1977-1984.”
The Wax Trax! film, Nash writes, will tell the story of her father and co-founder Dannie Flesher, who died in 2010, and “their road from young music obsessed gay hillbillies to the tastemakers who gave a voice to many of us that just didn’t quite fit in.”
After explaining that the Retrospectacle is still in the works, Nash writes:
“There IS one very positive thing that has come out of waiting. We have taken this ‘down time’ to work on a detailed look at the origins of the store & label, as well as my Dad, Dannie and their road from young music obsessed gay hillbillies, to the taste makers who gave a voice to many of us that just didn’t quite fit in. It will also cover the bankruptcy as well as what led to the demise. This will be family, employee, and artist interviews, as well as home video footage and never before seen images from the Wax Trax! vault. This is very different from the concert event project. With this, we are much more active and hands on. We are very excited to tell the personal story of my Dad & Dannie as well as the rise and fall of Wax Trax! Records. So far,the interviews have been fantastic!”
In the coming months, Julia Nash writes, the filmmakers will begin soliciting fans for any personal footage or items from the days of the Wax Trax! store in Chicago — which Nash and Flesher opened in 1978 after selling their original Wax Trax shop in Denver — and the label they spun off, which was home to industrial acts such as Ministry, Front 242, Revolting Cocks, Frontline Assembly and My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult.
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- ‘Sound Opinions’ to salute Wax Trax! Records with RevCo’s Chris Connelly, Paul Barker
- Wax Trax! ‘Retrospectacle’: Front 242, Thrill Kill Kult, members of KMFDM, RevCo
- Dannie Flesher, co-founder of Chicago’s famed Wax Trax! Records, 1951-2010