Working Class Rock Star is a 2008 documentary directed by Justin McConnell. Synopsis: "The music industry is changing, record sales are down, artists are making less money, and mediocrity holds sway. Yet there are more bands than ever before working for years just to receive even the tiniest drop of success. Following the lives and careers of Tub Ring, Bloodshoteye and 3 Mile Scream, with supporting interviews from major players in the heavy music scene, this documentary sheds light on why some bands never make it and why the ones that break realize only too soon that life on a label is only the beginning of their troubles."
The industry through the eyes of the artist.
The film was shot between June 2005 - June 2007, capturing a two year period in the careers of each of the 3 main bands.
Director Justin McConnell has stated that the inspiration for the film came from his work with Dog Fashion Disco. While creating two DVDs for the Maryland band - DFDVD and The City Is Alive Tonight...Live in Baltimore - he started to form the basis for what is now the film.
The North American DVD release is set for November 11, 2008. Distributed by Cinema Epoch.
The information given in the film comes from candid interviews with popular artists from the heavy and underground music scene.