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Punk Revolution NYC [ 2 x DVD DELUXE EDITION] [NTSC] [2011]

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  • Actors: Richard Hell, Patti Smith, Alan Vega, Jayne County, Gary Valentine
  • Directors: Tom O'Dell
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Pride dvd
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Oct. 2011
  • Run Time: 192 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005HSP7AS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,512 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Documentary tracing the history of New York's influential punk scene, based around the CBGB nightclub. Though the Sex Pistols and other British acts are often given the credit for bringing punk into the mainstream, it was in New York, through bands such as the Velvet Underground and the New York Dolls, that punk first reared its head. This documentary tells the story of the growth of punk music and culture in New York City.

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Clearly traces the roots of 1970s NYC punk from the juxtaposition of campy drag shows, the folk/avant garde scenes, and Andy Warhol at the beginning of the decade to the unique and diverse groups that emerged from CBGBs at the end of the decade, such as Ramones, Talking Heads, and Blondie. Also included were bands I'm only vaguely aware of , such as Suicide and Television, who didn't make it commercially but who went on to influence many musicians in a wide range of musical genres. I highly recommend this to anyone who's interested in how art/poetry/music can be intertwined to create new social and artistic movements. Also, anyone interested in the roots of New Wave and/or 1980s rock and roll.
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I was and still am a huge fan of this period in music. I was in my late teens early twenties at the time. Seeing Patti Smith's first concert at the Roundhouse. The first Ramones gig at the Roundhouse with the Flamin Groovies and the Stranglers [ who had also supported Smith at the previously mentioned Roundhouse gig ] Televisions first appearance at the Rainbow with Blondie Supporting and the Ramones second show later on with Talking Heads and the great Aussie band the Saints supporting. Then seeing Talking Heads headlining at the Roundhouse too. So watching this DVD reminded me of how great and completely different all those bands were. Such an exciting time - I was in heaven.

I thought all the interviews were really good too. Not too many boring critics fortunately. Robert Christgau was the best. Clearly a fan of the times and very knowledgable indeed. The only irksome thing for me was Simon Reynolds. Why on earth include him in all this? He is clearly not of that time [ probably not even born then ] and had very little to say of any worth. Even using that old chestnut about Television being like The Grateful Dead - what nonsense! It was indeed heartening to see the editing then switching to Christgau who poo-pooed the whole silly notion. Verlaine's soloing was, at the time, full of surprises and genuine tension. Verlaine never uses blues clichés. Studying trumpet and sax players when he was learning to play guitar. But of course Simon Reynolds wouldn't know that. Stick to the Kaiser Chiefs is my suggestion old fruit.

I can't recommend this DVD highly enough though. Mercifully Reynolds "contributions" [ negligible as they are ] don't really detract from the wealth of true knowledge and valuable experience imparted by the "real" experts and enthusiasts of that time.

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If you were listening to this type of music in the 70s (oh I wish I was back there but my black leather biker jacket wont fit anymore!)you will love this. Great narrative, great live clips ( could have been a bit longer for me).Well worth the money
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A very good film set about the US Punk scene and the CBGBs club where it all started. Great footage and interviews.
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Great documentary about the New York new wave with plenty of rare film clips of early performances
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