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.
When in 1964 an in-house songwriter for the Pickwick label was introduced to the Welsh viola player from avant-garde composer La Monte Young's group, few predicted the profound effect this coming together would have on the development of rock music. But before the year was out this unlikely couple had formed a band, hooked up with Pop-Art supremo Andy Warhol and were recording a collection of songs that many believe started it all.
It was later claimed that The Velvet Underground & Nico - for this is the record in question - only sold 5000 copies upon its release, but everyone who bought it went out and formed a band. Certainly David Johansen, Richard Hell, Tom Verlaine, Alan Vega, Wayne County, most of the Ramones, half of Blondie, Patti Smith and David Byrne did just that - the rest, as they say, is history.
This documentary film traces the entire history of New York's punk movement; the VU years, the Warhol influence, the Dolls reign, and the handover of power to the bands who, despite their differences in sound, shared the sensibilities and attitude introduced to the city's musical landscape a decade before. These were the groups and musicians who claimed the lower east side of the city as their playground and CBGBs as their HQ.
With the aid of performance footage, rare archive, exclusive interviews and some of the most exciting music ever recorded, this programme offers a visual experience of these events second only to having lived through them.
Features brand new interviews with Richard Hell & Richard Lloyd from Television, Suicide's Alan Vega, Gary Valentine from Blondie and Elda Gentile from Debbie Harry's previous band The Stilletos, The Voidoids' Ivan Julian, ex-Ramones manager Danny Fields, Warhol acolytes Jayne County and Leee Black Childers, scene photographer Roberta Bayley, writers Robert Christgau & Simon Reynolds, and the man who recorded the New York sound in the 70s, Craig Leon - Ramones, Blondie & Suicide.