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An untold, true story of the rise of So. California punk rock and the infamous Cuckoo's Nest, a key punk club of the 70's and early '80s.The film includes interviews with, owner Jerry Roach, legendary entertainers like Rick Agnew, Tony Alva, Duane Peters, Steve Soto, Jello Biafra, Rodney Bingenheimer, Chuck Dukowski, Tony Cadena, Joe Escalante and Jack Grisham, plus... show clips by nationally known acts like Iggy Pop, the Ramones, David Johansen and New York Dolls. Meet the real Pat Brown immortalized by the Vandals. Watch Orange County and South Bay groups including TSOL, the Adolescents, the Black Flag and the Circle Jerks. The Cuckoo's Nest was the start of slam-dancing (moshing) and the surf, skate and extreme-sports culture of today. The Nest, eventually, closed from disputes with neighbors and city officials who objected to the leather-jacket, spike-hair kids with tattoos, but...that did not dissuade the punk rock generation. No one realized that a little club in Costa Mesa, California would end up spawning a multi-billion dollar youth culture that still endures today!

About the Actor

Interviews with Nest owner Jerry Roach and icons including: Rick Agnew, Duane Peters, Steve Soto, Jello Biafra, Tony Cadena, Henry Rollins, Jack Grisham, Chuck Dukowski, Keith Morris and Joe Escalante.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Henry Rollins, Jack Grisham, Jello Biafra
  • Directors: Jonathan W.C. Mills
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Celebrity Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0081L6NH4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,912 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. K. Malone on October 12, 2012
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I started getting into punk in 1982 (i.e. the year after the Cuckoo's Nest was shut down,) but back then it was mostly about hanging out in my best friend's bedroom listening to records and reading Flipside. We were only 13 and left to our own devices; actually going out to gigs was a little beyond us. Too bad, we were born and bred in Fullerton and probably could have had a swell time at the Galaxy. Anyway, eventually I did start going to gigs and mixing it up and meeting punks who had been in the scene for years. One thing almost all of these upper classmen had in common was great stories about the Cuckoo's Nest, all of the classic hardcore bands, all of the mayhem and f***ing s*** up that went on, getting messed with by cops and rednecks from the bar next door, how they personally knew *The* Pat Brown... it always made me wish I was a few years older. So with those memories in mind, this documentary is perfect for me. I can almost pretend I was there.

There are some choice bits of live footage from 1979 to 1981 of the Ramones, the Circle Jerks, TSOL, even Black Flag (so either Greg Ginn has lightened up on his b.s. or when he finds out he's going to get litigious...) Lots of old interview footage. I guess the black & white stuff is all recycled from the short doc Urban Struggle from back then, which I vaguely recall watching at someone's house once. In a way, I guess this more or less a "30 years later" update to that. Overall, the quality isn't so hot. I don't know if my copy of the DVD is defective, but every so often it would freeze and hang for a couple of seconds, as if the laser was having trouble tracking the data. I kept expecting the screen to go black and get the "Unable to Play Disc" error message but thankfully that never happened.
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By Bartok Kinski on April 21, 2014
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The Cuckoo's Nest was a punk club, right next to a Cowboy bar. I used to go there around 1981 and we'd (us punks) get into fights with the cowboys at Zubie's, which at the time had an "Urban Cowboy" snob attitude, written brilliantly into a song "Urban Struggle", by The Vandals. These were really great times for the punk scene, which no one remembers.

Long live Stevo!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chris crass on October 21, 2012
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This movie is an awesome look back into my teenage years. Im interviewed in the movie 3 times. I grew up at the cookoos nest and have the best memories of the place. Seen just about any band that you can think of from 1979-1982.Kudos to Jerry Roach for providing an outlet for our angst. Hell slam dancing was invented at the nest. Without the cookoos nest there would have been no orange county punk scene. Thank you Jerry Roach.
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