“Spiritual Cramp”: A Documentary on Christian Death and Rozz Williams

Following the 20th anniversary of his death, Los Angeles art gallery Lethal Amounts has announced it  is working on the documentary Spiritual Cramp, a film on the life of Rozz Williams—frontman of seminal goth rock band Christian Death.

In order to finance the release of this documentary, Lethal Amounts have partnered with Pledge Music, offering unique items and merchandise that include special edition t-shirts, art pieces and collectors items.

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Handwritten lyric zine
On April 6th, 1985. A massive event, dubbed, “Path of Sorrows”, took place at the Roxy Theater in Los Angeles, California, featuring a banquet, media clips, costume changes. Here is a performance invitation, signed by Rozz Williams and Valor.

More info from the documentary’s press release:

Spiritual Cramp is more than just a music bio about a death-rock band. It examines the life of Rozz Williams – a young artist coming of age during the California punk explosion of the late 70s. At the young age of 16, Rozz Williams and his friends started Christian Death in their garage as a reaction to the growing hyper-masculine, straight male dominated SoCal punk scene. Christian Death ignited a new musical genre and opened the doors to what later became known as the Goth subculture.

The name Christian Death was an act of defiance in itself, especially for Williams. He grew up in an extremely religious household, and was brought up being told that to be gay sent you straight to hell. Christian Death’s music and their existence as a band acted as a rejection of traditional modes of thought and damaging religious beliefs. Their live shows blurred the lines between art and shock. The band gained a cult-like following around the world, influencing generations of outsiders and countless boundary pushing icons such as Marilyn Manson and Trent Reznor.

Historically, Christian Death is important to the narrative of California music but what’s more, Williams is an archetype for the tortured artist. People looked up to his bravery as he fearlessly dressed in women’s clothing on and off stage in a time and a scene where that kind of self-expression could lead to arrest or even being killed.  His image was not meant to be glamorous but to be feared and avoided. Much like Ian Curtis, Amy Winehouse or Kurt Cobain, Williams shared the same dilemma – trying to strike a balance between art and overcoming personal trauma.

Williams’ lifelong battle with depression eventually defeated him in 1998. He took his own life in a way that some may interpret as a staged, elaborate April Fool’s Day “prank” art tableau.”

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