Three surviving members of the Cowsills, a family pop group that enjoyed a meteoric rise in the 1960s and served a the inspiration for the TV show “The Partridge Family,” are scheduled to perform Wednesday evening in Providence, R.I., a rare onstage reunion in the state where they saw their beginnings.
The performance will follow the premiere of a new documentary about the ban’s rise and fall, “Family Band: The Cowsills Story,” at the Rhode Island International Film Festival.
Filmmaker Louise Palanker says the 90-minute film is a story of tragedy and triumph – of a family that seemed flawless on the surface but grappled with a physically and emotionally abusive father who was involved in the band’s promotion at every turn and a mother who chronically felt she came up short.
The band featured seven members of the Cowsills family, including Barbara, the mother. Both parents are dead now, as are two of their sons.