The Cowsills embody an all-to-familiar show biz story, having hit meteoric fame that only lasted a few years before it all came crashing down. The new documentary Family Band: The Cowsills Story brilliantly captures their heart-warming but sad history. Many of the siblings developed drug habits and encountered immense struggles in life after growing up in the spotlight.
The film made its public debut Thursday night at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills to a packed house. There is a second screening on Aug. 25 at the Silent Movie Theatre on 611 N. Fairfax Ave.
A family pop group with '60s hits like "The Rain, the Park & Other Things" and "Indian Lake," the Cowsills had TV specials and were featured in teen magazines. The Partridge Family TV series that ran for four seasons was also based on them.
One Cowsill sibling, Barry, was killed in Hurricane Katrina. Eldest brother Bill Cowsill died from years of drug abuse in 2006. But the film is uplifting, showing the power of family love conquering all. It is a documentary that will be well-received by many who are totally unfamiliar with the musical family.