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Photograph courtesy of Gatling Pictures.Featuring interviews with Ben Harper, John Medeski, Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), Mike Watt (The Stooges), Les Claypool (Primus), and Seth Mnookin (a Vanity Fair contributor), Cure for Pain: The Mark Sandman Story tracks the life and career of Morphine front man Mark Sandman. Morphine, whose members achieved the status of cult heroes during the band’s 10 years of existence, formed in Boston in 1989. Known for their distinctly woozy sound, classified by critics as “low rock” (but described by Sandman as “fuck rock”), the group abandoned traditional rock instrumentation in favor of slide bass, multiple saxophones, and drums. The music stopped, however, when Sandman died of a heart attack onstage during a show in Italy in 1999. His last words were: “Thanks, Palestrina. It’s a beautiful night. It’s great to be here and I want to dedicate a super-sexy song to all of you.

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