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PUNK: Attitude takes an original look at this movement. With a cast of historic and modern figures in popular culture, it ventures beyond the music, beyond the fashion, beyond the hype…
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If the question "where did the Punk movement come from & where did it go to?" has ever run through your brain then Don Lett's film "Punk Attitude", together with Jon Savage's book "Englands Dreaming", are the best places (so far) to start looking to answer this. They also both help explore the ways the movement influenced many peoples lives, and not only the musicians involved, especially in regards to getting them involved - to be players and not just spectators, also clearly demonstrating that it's still relevant to the FUTURE.
"Punk Attitude" makes it very clear that punk didn't all start with the Ramones in the US and the Sex Pistols & Clash in the UK and that punk = an attitude, not a hair cut or a style of clothing - just in case people might think otherwise! Although all three bands were hugely influential when they formed in the mid 70s, and still are very much so now nearly 30 years later, they didn't come from out of nowhere and had their own host of influences back to Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis and on through the British Invasion groups like the Who, Kinks and Small Faces. These groups in turn influenced the Standells, Sonics and Count Five and then on through the Velvet Underground, Doors, Stooges, MC5 plus the New York Dolls. Letts explores this cross polination and influencing process very well in "Punk Attitude", without turning it into a boring navel gazing university thesis style analysis that would have been totally inappropriate for such subject matter.Read more ›
What is "punk rock"? That seems to be the mission statement of the film. How do you define a style that bases itself in the idea of non-conformity? One of the most interesting things to learn from the film is that many of the bands who made the music in the late `70's seem to believe that punk died when bands started referring to themselves as "punk".
The film does have a few faults. There are some glaringly missing interviews. From the pre/proto-punk era, they did manage to get a brief clip of John Cale from The Velvet Underground, and members of MC5, but not one member of The Stooges? Without a lot of interviews from the pre/proto era, that part of the film plays a little like one of those VH1 shows, where they show a clip of something nostalgic, and then a famous person comes on and says something like, "I remember that. I like that." Fortunately, there isn't too much of that, though.
Another problem with the film is the glaring omission of the 80's.Read more ›
? Mark & the Mysterions, Standells, the Velvets, MC5 and John Sinclair, and of course, The Stooges, NY Dolls, Television, Suicide, The Ramones. Then we move to England and get The Clash, Sex Pistols, The Buzzcocks and the Damned. This section of the film is most succinct, perhaps due to Mr. Letts proximity at the center of the scene. This is very good, though, since it grounds the film a bit. I especially liked the "100-days-of-the-100-Club"
The film follows punk into the post-punk movement (maybe a doc of it's own in the future?) And back to the US where the NO-Wave movement finally gets its screen-time. Then it's pretty much all west-coast Black Flag stuff, until Nirvana comes along and ruins everything. I would have loved to have seen the Germs, Adolescents, especially X. But I'm sure there just wasn't room. Maybe Mr. Letts will make another film and keep going, digging deeper and wider. I hope so. The interviews are what make this film special. Though I could have done with a bit less Rollins. S'funny... lots of the older British punks almost seem to cultivate some kind of Dickensian thing in manner and looks. This was really entertaining and kind of comes off as the antithesis of something like "The Filth and The Fury" : take a gander at Mick Jones, et al. On the other hand, the years have been quite good to (X-Ray Spex) Polly Styrene.
This film is a wonderfully engaging punk rock history lesson.
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I'll keep this simple. This is the best documentary I've ever seen about the history, roots and meaning of punk rock, period.Published 14 months ago by T. J. Bell
I loved this doc, but there were some glaring omissions, most notably X. Despite it's incompleteness, I bought the DVD anyway. Read morePublished on July 15, 2013 by Andrea T McCoy
well since the start it was a force of those that never said no to know but whos to no when all is no?Published on September 16, 2012 by gcd
This is the single best Punk documentary available. I've read the criticism made by other reviewers on this site, and find their objections absurd. Read morePublished on May 4, 2012 by S. Olszewski
Although I enjoyed PUNK ATTITUDE I tend to side with some of the critical reviews regarding the latter portion of Don Letts' film -- specifically, his documentation of punk beyond... Read morePublished on December 12, 2011 by Red Xala
Beware, this item is currently supposed to come in a keepcase, but amazon seller sent banged up earlier cardboard version. Bubble pak to ship it didn't help. Read morePublished on May 4, 2011 by frankdog