It’s the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, and The Go-Go’s are watching their documentary with an audience for the first time. The band had already seen a rough cut of the film prior to the fest, but there was something about seeing their story flash on the big screen that made everything hit them, and a process of healing began.
“At the end of it, it was like something happened to all of us,” says Go-Go’s guitarist and songwriter Charlotte Caffey. “It was like I wasn’t even involved in the band, like I was watching it like an outsider. When we watched it on the big screen for the first time, we all felt the exact same thing, like ‘oh my God, I love these women, and who cares about all the ridiculous stuff that happened.’ It really was like a washing over in healing.”
The Go-Go’s, premiering on Showtime, moves through the band’s early days embedded in Los Angeles’ punk scene, hitting the London scene with Stiff Records, life after their 1981 debut Beauty and the Beat, and becoming the most successful female rock band of all time.