Al Jourgensen in “The History of Industrial Music: The Chicago Way”

Hot on the heels of the well-received Wax Trax! Records documentary comes a broader look at Chicago’s role in the development of industrial music in the 1980s and ’90s, a film that backers are hoping fans of the genre can help get completed via a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign.

Below, you can watch a nearly 3-minute trailer for “The History of Industrial Music: The Chicago Way,” a documentary featuring interviews with Al Jourgensen of Ministry, Revolting Cocks and so many other acts, as well as members of My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult, Die Warzau, Pigface and more.

The film’s producers write on Kickstarter:

“This movie is based in Chicago, but the story is global. Chicago was the epicenter of this style of music that rose from the dirty dancefloors to airwaves of MTV via the groundbreaking show ‘120 Minutes.’ Soon clubs from LA to Berlin were spinning these artists — but how did it start? What was the engine that made it go? What caused this beautiful marriage of dance, rock, disco, synths, aggression and attitude? Why was there a chicken needed in the recording studio for inspiration? (what?!) … It’s a story, with many wild, true, tales that needs to be told.”

After raising their first round of funding privately, the producers say they’re turning now to crowdfunding to cover final costs such as music licensing, legal fees, physical production of a Blu-ray release, film festival submissions and more. As is common with these types of campaigns, there area a variety of reward bundles available to donors.  Head over to Kickstarter to see the options.

Now, here’s the trailer:






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