Coming to DVD this Friday, January 19:
EVERY 40 YEARS
Eric Goldrich and Ben Friedberg
Santa Barbara 2017
A folk rock trio that once achieved some success reunites after four decades.
Together with Friedberg, Goldrich profiles his father, Steve, and his bandmates in the group Gunhill Road, who are remembered as one-hit wonders for “Back When My Hair Was Short,” a Billboard charting song, but had a few other minor successes in the 1970s before they disbanded. They and past collaborators, family, and fans detail Gunhill Road’s emergence and what went wrong, including running afoul of bad record deals. An event that pays tribute to their former manager at the Bitter End gives an excuse for a reunion about 40 years after their heyday, shown in the final scenes here, and paves the way for a new album. While clearly a labor of love for the filmmakers, they struggle to find enough material to sustain even an hour-long doc, and what’s here is really only of interest to the band’s small fanbase.