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on 7 September 2014
Too American!
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on 19 October 2009
I was too young to appreciate punk in 1976/77, but this DVD certainly gave me a good flavour of the times. The film is packed with many revealing interviews from the bands involved and a lot of rare gig footage. I particularly enjoyed the articulate comments from Poly Styrene, Jello Biafra, Pete Shelley and Henry Rollins.

The extras are varied and impressive. It takes a look at early fanzines, female punks, UK vs US and much more.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 25 February 2011
Punk: Attitude is a documentary directed by Don Letts. An important figure in the punk explosion in England circa 1976, Letts has always held the subject of punk rock close to his heart. Here he explores the "punk" revolution, its roots and its impact on modern rock music. The cast features the likes of David Johansen, Thurston Moore, Tommy Ramone, Chrissie Hynde, Henry Rollins, Captain Sensible, Jim Jarmusch, Mick Jones, Jello Biafra, Howard Devoto and Glen Matlock. To name but a few!

As the title suggests, this is about the attitude that is essential to the make up of the punk rock genre. This is not a film that is telling you lies about its time-lines or an attempt to ensure the viewers know how important punk was in the pantheon of music. It's refreshingly honest, in fact what is the most striking thing about Letts' movie is that this is no stroll down a rose tinted glassy memory lane. For sure there's warmth in recollections from many of the big shakers, while some of the old footage clips of the bands are sure to stir strong emotions in fans, but nobody is trying to hide the genre limitations of punk. Letts threads it nicely as a triple bill of birth, death and revival. Starting out with an attitude nod of acknowledgement to Jerry Lee Lewis and other more daring 50s & 60s acts, the film starts gaining its worth with some well spent time in the company of The New York Dolls, Velvet Undeground, MC5 and of course Iggy Pop & his Stooges. The influence of such luminaries of course comes as no surprise to any old punker such as I, but for new parties interested in punk this serves as an essential piece of film.

Into the mid 70s where of course things got serious and both America and England witnessed what in all essence was "thee" punk rock explosion. Again the principals don't hold back, telling it as it was and even debunking some myths. There's even some resentment in there, but Letts is canny enough to not let this become another boorish America Vs England who started punk section of his film. He also widens the scope to involve many artists who never get a look in when the topic is covered on the page or on the screen. Rest assured this is not a Sex Pistols, Clash, Damned and Ramones retread overkill, time is rightly afforded to Poly Styrene (X Ray Spex), Howard Devoto & Pete Shelley (The Buzzcocks), Siouxsie Sioux (Siouxsie & The Banshees) & Ari Up (The Slits). Important movers with important and interesting things to say. And so it proves as the story arc moves forward to post 70s punk; New Wave/ No Wave, Hardcore et al, all given thought and time with the likes of Henry Rollins (Black Flag), Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys) and Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), who not only link the narrative, but expand it further too.

Obviously in a film such as this it's inevitable that not every genre fan will be happy. For every ten bands featured, there is another twenty bands who many will believe should have been put in for acknowledgement and opinion. As is the case for some of the offshoots of punk such as the Oi! movement or the British second and third waves that encompassed street and speed punk. In truth the 80s does get a little passed over due to the time afforded the 70s, but that's forgivable surely since that was the prominent time and the time when music got a kick up the backside. Besides which, to cover everything appertaining to punk we would need a film of Lord Of The Rings Trilogy type excess! 8/10
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on 17 May 2009
One of the best documentaries I have ever seen on the subject. Henry Rollins' input is worth its weight in gold! Nice to see an intelligent & thoughtful view.
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on 4 December 2005
If you're just starting to discover the marvellous world of 'real' punk this is a great DVD to watch. It touches on most of the major events and bands in the history of punk from the 50's to present and features some great archive footage of the various bands (Velvet Underground, Dictators, Clash, Pistols, Ramones, Damned, X-Ray Spex etc) as well as some great interviews. The only real downside with it is as there are so many bands to cover it only really skims the surface but it nevertheless still a highly entertaining and interesting documentury. Well worth buying if you're interested in learning about punk or if you're a fan of any of the bands mentioned on it.
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on 29 June 2010
This is a good package, with two discs, plenty of extras, and even a couple of facsimiles of punk magazines. Great to see footage of the bands, so much energy and explosive music. The interviews don't really add much to the story, but it is fascinating to see the key people speaking about what punk was and meant to them.
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on 26 June 2013
best documentary on punk i've seen by the man who made much of it happen - great extras on dvd 2 as well
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on 22 January 2016
Enjoyed this film and the tracing of the Punk Rock movement from MC5 to Nirvana. If you are an aging hippy/punk like myself this film will mean a lot to you. Why not give it a go, you won't be sorry
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on 1 August 2011
Fascinating film documenting not only the influencial bands of the punk era but tracing their roots + making connections with the bands who came afterwards
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on 9 March 2013
A very good documentary about the history of punk and it's origins from MC5 and the Stooges the Ramones etc well worth a look.
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