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Directed by Mitchell Kezin

Canada 2013 93 mins.

Christmas music is sort of a love-it-or-hate-it affair. Whatever your persuasion, however, you’re bound to be caught up in the enthusiasm and discovery of music junkie Mitchell Kezin as he tracks down the stories behind his favorite holiday tunes. Kezin unearths songs—funny, sad, satirical and scathing—that, like rock ’n’ roll itself, are barometers of their times, addressing racial inequality, religious freedom, nuclear war, and being alone. With music and/or appreciations from Schoolhouse Rock creator Bob Dorough, Miles Davis, Calexico, Run-DMC, James Brown, John Waters, Dr. Demento, the Flaming Lips and more, Jingle Bell Rocks! guarantees you’ll never listen to Christmas music the same way again.

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