Questlove & Yasiin Bey Discuss Impact Of Bad Brains' H.R. In New Doc Trailer
Paul “H.R.” Hudson, the lead singer of iconic hardcore punk group Bad Brains, is the subject of a forthcoming biography and accompanying documentary.
Titled Finding Joseph I: An Oral History Of H.R. from Bad Brains, the book will explore the singer’s life and time with the seminal punk band told through H.R. and his bandmates.
The biography, written by Howie Abrams and James Lathos, will also include stories and commentary from several artists, including Minor Threat and Fugazi‘s Ian MacKaye; Guns N’ Roses‘ Duff McKagan; members of Deftones and the Roots; and more.
Finding Joseph I serves as a companion piece to an upcoming documentary film (also called Finding Joseph I) about H.R., that is directed by the book’s co author James Lathos. The documentary will premiere at London’s Doc’n Roll Film Fest on November 10. You can view a trailer for the film below.
The three minute long video introduces H.R. as the man he is today, before going through a number of clips during his younger days as the frontman for the Bad Brains.
“[H.R.] was the guy who made me feel like anything was possible, everything was possible,” Corey Glover, lead singer for Living Colour, says in the video.
“That’s an ‘It’ thing that not many people have, that rockstar ‘It,'” Questlove adds. “And [H.R.] had it.”
Others artists such as Yasiin Bey and Living Colour’s Vernon Reid also make an appearance in the trailer, and offer their thoughts on H.R. The documentary then touches upon H.R.’s life following his leave from Bad Brains, and how he continues to create music today.
Both the H.R. biography and documentary announcement comes right as the Bad Brains have been nominated for the 2017 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.
Finding Joseph I: An Oral History of H.R. from Bad Brains is out January 17 through Lesser Gods.