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Datebook: Bay Area’s heavy metal glory days remembered in ‘Godfathers’

Oct 4, 2020

San Francisco’s contributions to rock ’n’ roll are typically defined by the 1967 “Summer of Love” and its thriving punk culture starting a decade later. With the documentary “Bay Area Godfathers,” heavy metal rattles its head into that history book. A local scene erupted in the late 1970s that was filled with guitar heroics, blitzkrieg tempos and legions of headbanging fans. It kept on riffing through the early 1990s, a launchpad for groups like Metallica, Y&T, Exodus, Death Angel and Testament as they spread the region’s sound around the world.

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