An affectionate documentary of two unsung heroes of the trans-Atlantic alternative underground, Dennis and Lois understands fandom like no other.
Writer Adelle Stripe pays homage in the Quietus
"This week sees the release of the long-awaited, award-winning documentary about a New York couple who transcended the standard definition of ‘superfans’, becoming more renowned than the bands they followed around. Directed by Chris Cassidy, Dennis and Lois follows the story of two obsessive music fans at the heart of DIY punk culture, who have been together for over 40 years. Together, they estimate to have seen at least four gigs a week over that period, resulting in 10,000 shows over a lifetime. If anyone deserves a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it’s them.
Lemmy once said, “If you think you are too old to rock ‘n roll, then you are”. Yet the couple’s age and Lois’s deteriorating physical health has not prevented them from watching gigs. They are living proof that there is no appropriate age to stop enjoying live music; now in their 70s, they were recently spotted at Hebden Bridge’s Trades Club watching John Grant and Stephen Mallinder’s dark analogue outfit Creepshow. In the dressing room, Dennis recalled that one of the greatest performances he ever saw was Elvis, and in the documentary he shows slides on a lightbox that he took in Vegas of the King in a rhinestone jumpsuit and guitar, gesturing to a captivated audience..."