She might not look it, but 93-year-old Inge Ginsberg is a bona fide heavy-metal hero. Born in Austria, she survived the horrors of the Holocaust before enlisting as a spy and arms smuggler for the United States during World War II. After the war, she married a composer and relocated to California, where she and her husband spent the ensuing decades penning songs for the likes of Nat King Cole, Doris Day and Dean Martin. One fateful day, 60 years later, Ginsberg fell in love with heavy metal, formed her band TritoneKings, and got to work on her own kickass tunes, inspired by her own struggles and experiences.
Several years after Ginsberg's rise to fame, filmmaker Leah Gallant has made a new, 12-minute documentary profile on the performer for The New York Times. Heartwarming, hilarious and intimate, it combines first-person interviews with candid scenes to deliver an up-close-and-personal look at Ginsberg's badass metal career, and the inspiring series of events leading up to it.
Does Inge and the TritoneKing's music technically qualify as "death metal," as it's described in the doc? No. Does it matter? Absolutely not.
Check out the short film below. Above, watch Ginsberg and the TritoneKings tear through one of their original rippers, "Totenköpfchen (Laugh at Death)."