WATCH: Ministry's Al Jourgensen Remembers the '80s in "The History of Industrial Music: The Chicago Way" Trailer

Portrait of Al Jourgensen of Ministry at Comiskey Park in Chicago, Illinois, July 23, 1983. (Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Images)
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Al Jourgensen circa 1983 (Paul Natkin/Getty Images)

Starting sometime in the 1980s, Chicago established itself as the epicenter of the emerging industrial music scene. Long before Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails got "Down in It," acts like Ministry, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult and KMFDM were laying the foundation of the abrasive new sound that merged punk, goth and electronics.

A new documentary, The History of Industrial Music: The Chicago Way, chronicles the people, places and scene that nurtured the sonic sub-culture.

"This movie is based in Chicago, but the story is global," reads a statement on the film's Kickstarter page. "Chicago was the epicenter of this style of music that rose from the dirty dancefloors to the airwaves of MTV via the groundbreaking show '120 Minutes'. Soon clubs from LA to Berlin were spinning these artists  - but how did it start? What was the engine that made it go? What caused this beautiful marriage of dance, rock, disco, synths, aggression and attitude ? Why was there a chicken needed in the recording studio for inspiration? (what?!) ... It's a story, with many wild, true, tales that needs to be told."

The campaign is almost halfway to the goal of $23,900 to finish the doc for release. High-end rewards include Executive Producer and Associate Producer credits on the project. Get more details here and watch the trailer below.


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