1991: The Year Punk Broke (20th Anniversary screening!) + Dave Markey Shorts!

Screening courtesy of Geffen/Universal Music Enterprises. Catch their home video release of 1991: The Year Punk Broke in September 2011!

Don’t Knock The Rock celebrates the 20th anniversary of this classic indie rock document! In August of ‘91, Sonic Youth invited Los Angeles filmmaker Dave Markey along on a two week summer festival tour of Europe. The band was excited about their opening act: a little known band from the Pacific Northwest called Nirvana. Along the way they would cross paths with Dinosaur Jr., Babes In Toyland, Gumball, and The Ramones. Thurston Moore was the MC. Dave Grohl was the new drummer. Kim Gordon kept up on the gossip. Kurt Cobain played Kevin Costner. J. Mascis wondered about the possibility of having a Japanese love child. Courtney Love crashed a backstage interview. Lee Ranaldo snapped photographs. Krist Novoselic was really tall. Steve Shelley was in the pocket. Mudhoney was hanging out backstage. Bob Mould too — and Joey Ramone. Motley Crue covered “Anarchy In The UK” (but not in this movie), thus the title was born, tongue-in-cheek — and a feature documentary emerged that will rock you to the ground! Director Dave Markey will be here for a Q&A after the film — and after the break, stick around for (This Is Known As) The Blues Scale, the 40-minute The Year Punk Broke postscript featuring previously unseen mind-blowing Sonic Youth & Nirvana performances, plus Dave’s 1988 Redd Kross film Macaroni And Me!
Dir. Dave Markey, 1992, digital presentation, 99 min.

Watch an excerpt from “1991: The Year Punk Broke”!
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