“The Source Family” Documentary At Cable Car

The Source Family The new documentary “The Source Family” examines 70’s guru Father Yod, his gaggle of sister wives and obligatory Rolls Royce, and the dynamics of psychological manipulation. But unlike other cults we’ve come to know and love, this California group was much more out in the world, even launching a rock band of sorts. The New York Times ran a fascinating background story:

The commune’s house band, originally known as Father Yod and the Spirit of ’76, and later as Ya Ho Wah 13, recorded more than 60 full-length albums in 1973 and 1974, nine of which were sold commercially. Although they started off playing traditionally structured folk-rock, Father Yod soon goaded the band into focusing on what he called spontaneous music — a kind of improvised psychedelia distinguished by wantonly atonal bursts and groove-oriented jams. Ya Ho Wah 13’s recorded output from this era ranges from preposterous — as if a doddering older neighbor had wandered into garage-band practice, then started hollering and walloping a copper drum — to thrillingly unpredictable. There is squall, but there is beauty, too.

Gotta be honest with you . . . never heard of them. But according to the article the old vinyl is highly collectible.

The filmmakers nutshell the story thusly: “The Source Family’s outlandish lifestyle, popular celebrity-hangout restaurant, rock band, and beautiful women made them the darlings of Hollywood’s Sunset Strip; but their outsider ideals, controversial spiritual leader Father Yod, along with his 13 wives, instigated local authorities. They fled to Hawaii, leading to their dramatic demise.”

Running time 98 minutes, favorably reviewed in The New York Times. Trailer after the jump.

Starts Friday, May 24th, Cable Car Cinema, 204 south main Street

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