At fourteen, Toronto school friends Steve 'Lips' Kudlow and Robb Reiner made a pact to rock together forever. Forming their band 'Anvil' they went on to become the 'demi-gods of Canadian metal', releasing one of the heaviest albums in metal history, 1982’s Metal on Metal.
The album influenced a musical generation including the world-dominating bands Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax, all of whom went on to sell millions of records. Anvil’s career would take a different path, however, as they slipped straight into obscurity...
Almost thirty years later Lips and Robb, our unlikely musical heroes, are still chasing their dream.
Anvil! The Story Of Anvil, available on DVD & Blu-ray on 15th June 2009, follows the enduring and life affirming friendship of Steve 'Lips' Kudlow and Robb Reiner and their quest for fame and fortune as they set off to record their 13th album in one last attempt to fulfill their boyhood dream of success and stardom - a dream they have never stopped following since Lips and Robb met nearly 40 years ago in their childhood city of Toronto, Canada. Also available will be a limited special edition DVD complete with CD for those die hard Anvil fans out there!
Anvil! The Story Of Anvil is an immensely entertaining one-of-a-kind documentary, directed by Sacha Gervasi (Writer - The Terminal), a former roadie with the band back in the heady days of the 1980ís. Re-visiting lifelong friends Lips and Robb, Sacha joins them 30 years later as Anvil attempt to make it big one last time.
Long forgotten by everyone except their super-loyal fans, Anvil get one more chance to make it big as they head off on a European tour organised by eccentric metal fan and Anvil manager Tiziana Arrigoni. But amongst the missed trains, emotional outbursts, empty venues and never getting paid, Lips and Robb are forced to test their reserve and desire to secure the success they long for.
A timeless tale of hope and survival, Anvil! The Story of Anvil demonstrates two friends sheer passion to follow their dream. The film never fails to lay bare Lips and Robbís wide-eyed enthusiasm and determination to fulfil the commitment that they made to Anvil, and each other when they were just fourteen. This is an uplifting film about hope, determination and a wonderful friendship between two guys who love to Rock!
Anvil! The Story of Anvil is available to buy on DVD and Blu-ray from 15th June 2009. Metal on Metal Forever!!!!!
Anvil! The Story of Anvil, their autobiography, follows the ups and down of their career and their volatile friendship (which has now spanned almost four decades), reveals their dedication and unadulterated passion for their music, and carries us along on their last-ditch quest for fame and fortune.
Based on Sacha Gervasi's award-winning film of the same name, and published to coincide with its worldwide release, this hilarious yet poignant book reminds us that if you believe in yourself, stick by your friends and never give up, you really can make your dreams come true. You cannot fail to be moved by this story.
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