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Film rips facade from sunny Cowsills
August 26, 2011
The Palm Beach Post
Palm Beach, Florida

If you are of a certain age you certainly remember the singing family pop band, The Cowsills. They hit it big in 1967 with The Rain, the Park, and Other things, Indian Lake and their hugely popular version of Hair followed in 1968 and 1969. The Cowsills were actually the basis of the TV series The Partridge Family.

From the outside they were simply perfect – a sunny, shiny, all-American success story – but behind the scenes there was a brutal tyrannical father/manager, sexual abuse, drugs, all manner of things that were so not the Cowsills image.

Now filmmaker Louise Palanker is set to release a documentary, Family Band: The Cowsills Story.

Our PR pal in Hollywood, Hal Lifson, who is also a devotee of all things 1960s, says Palanker’s film “is not just the story of a dysfunctional family, but of a tumultuous dysfunctional era.” Lifeson thinks the Cowsills take is so powerfully conveyed that it might even spawn a feature film.

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