D.O.A.: A RIGHT OF PASSAGE is the ground-breaking classic "rockumentary" about the origin of punk rock. Centered around the Sex Pistols 1978 tour of the United States which ended with the group breaking up, the tour was the only one the Pistols played in the United States. Director Lech Kowalski (East of Paradise) followed the band with handheld cameras through the clubs and bars of their seven-city U.S. tour. Mixing this with footage...Read More
Punk Docs & Concert Films
Fueled by a ferocious soundtrack, director Paul Rachman's American Hardcore gives fans an all-access pass to the rise and fall of the U.S. punk scene, an explosive musical and cultural phenomenon that shaped everything from the grunge movement to the emo and pop/punk music currently riding the charts. Set against the conservative early '80s political landscape, American Hardcore chronicles the homegrown hardcore scene that was a swift...Read More
The Dicks started out as an Austin, Texas poster band in 1979 and once formed, took off like a hardcore rocket. The Dicks only released one 45 and two LP's and were the house band at legendary Raul's Club. Every hardcore punk act that came to Austin demanded the Dicks play with them from Fear to Black Flag to Dead Kennedys. This is their story told by die-hard lifelong Dicks fans.
Anti-Nowhere League: We Are The League tells the full uncensored story of how a biker, a skinhead, a grammar school boy and a Persian exile came together, with no musical talent or ambitions and even less respect for anything or anyone, to burst into the UK charts with their debut single.
"Tonight I shall meditate upon that which I am." The fury of Black Flag is captured in full in their performance at Bierkellar in Leeds, UK on May 19, 1984. Henry Rollins leads the band through Black Coffee, Rat's Eyes, My War and more in this raw and iconic performance, now streaming in our Punk Documentaries and Concerts section.
Welcome to the wild world of the Queers on their very first DVD! It features footage of all the live energy and behind-the-scenes craziness of the Queers on tour around the world circa '93 to '05. Also included are interviews, music videos, and an unreleased animated video. You'll witness all the different lineups with Hubie, Bface, Wimpy, Danny Vapid and a cast of others.
This breathtaking performance displays why Bad Brains became one of the most important bands in the history of American Hardcore. On Christmas Eve 1982, Bad Brains began their three-day stint at a Hardcore Festival hosted by legendary CBGB. This DVD represents the very best of these shows, culled from over 4 hours of footage. Their live performances were legendary, their visual recordings were impossible to find. Now, for the firs...Read More
X: The Unheard Music takes long, detailed, and often funny look at the LA music scene of the late 70s and 80s and focuses on the group that critics had singled out as the leader of the underground pack. The Unheard Music is a documentary that combines live footage of the band and interviews with the four members (as well as their friends and families) with surreal music videos and montages of newsreel footage and vintage television co...Read More
The late American extreme punk rock musician, GG Allin, is best remembered for his notorious live performances, which often featured transgressive acts, including self-mutilation, eating his own feces, and attacking the audience. In 1993 he died of an heroin overdose. Aired on Showtime as "All In The Family", In director Sami Saif's (Family) upcoming film The Allins we meet the two remaining family members, mother Arleta and brother M...Read More
Uncovers the series of events that led to Sid's death and reveals, for the first time, a shocking revelation that sheds new light on his last day. February, 1979: Punk icon and heroin addict Sid Vicious has just been released from Rikers prison in New York City. After a night of celebrating his freedom with friends and family, he wakes suddenly. Sid ingests a massive amount of heroin into his recently drug free body. Sid is discovered...Read More
Almost 30 years after Stiv's mysterious death in Paris, the Dead Boys have become the stuff of (Punk) legends but unsurprisingly, the story remains largely untold. How did this native from Girard, Ohio end up living the life of Riley in Paris, France? Was Stiv really hit by a car (or a taxi...) on that fateful day? Who was the real Stiv Bators? These are a few of the questions answered in STIV: No Compromise No Regrets.
"Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-90)" examines the early DIY punk scene in the Nation's Capital. It was a decade when seminal bands like Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Government Issue, Scream, Void, Faith, Rites of Spring, Marginal Man, Fugazi, and others released their own records and booked their own shows-without major record label constraints or mainstream media scrutiny. Contextually, it was a cultural watershed ...Read More
This fascinating film, shot in 1977-78, documents the early days of the Punk Rock phenomenon. From its beginnings on London's pub rock circuit to UK chart domination, Punk The Early Years has it all! Includes performances from Sex Pistols, X Ray Spex, Generation X, The Slits, Siouxsie Sioux, Marc Bolan,The Adverts, Eddie and the Hot Rods, Billy Idol, Poly Styrene and many more! Also includes extensive interviews, including the last-e...Read More
The Color of Noise is a full length documentary about the Artist Haze XXL (Tom Hazelmyer) and his notorious record label, Amphetamine Reptile Records. Throughout the 80's and 90's the label would achieve almost cult-like status for being adventurous and daring in the midst of a time where "safe" punk rock would rule the airwaves with a newly accepted style of music by the mainstream college goers, Grunge. Though with AmRep, not only a...Read More
This documentary film traces the entire history of New York's punk movement; the VU years, the Warhol influence, the Dolls reign. Performance footage, rare archive, exclusive interviews and some of the most exciting music ever recorded, Features new interviews with Richard Hell, Suicide's Alan Vega, Blondie's Gary Valentine and many more.
This documentary chronicles the past 30 years of female involvement in DIY punk, and has interviews with over 30 women from across the country, ages 17 to 40. Featuring interviews with Bikini Kill, Kylesa, Bratmobile, Tribe 8 and more, this film tackles the past thirty years of female involvement in Do It Yourself music, and aims to give a more complete picture of how women have participated in the D.I.Y. community, and how it affe...Read More
Through an online contest, 6 fans are selected to film Iggy & the Stooges' legendary reunion September 3, 2010 performing Raw Power to a stunned crowd. Following the performance, the fans meet and interview the band. Experience the fan's journey and joy as they witness a classic performance and meet their heroes face to face. Part concert film, part reality TV, In the Hands of the Fans brings the fans closer to the band. "Getting this...Read More
From "Lemmy" filmmaker Wes Orshoski comes the story of the long-ignored pioneers of punk: The Damned, the first U.K. punks on wax and the first to cross the Atlantic. "THE DAMNED: Don't You Wish That We Were Dead" includes appearances from Chrissie Hynde, Mick Jones (The Clash), Lemmy and members of Pink Floyd, Black Flag, Depeche Mode, the Sex Pistols, Blondie, Buzzcocks, and more. Shot around the globe over three years, the film cha...Read More
Sudden Death Records and MVD proudly present punk legends D.O.A.'s new live DVD "To Hell N' Back." 90 minutes of amazing action from the Godfathers of Hardcore. Recorded at home and on tour in Canada between June 2011 and January 2013 with four cameras a night. The band charges through 30 D.O.A. classic punk anthems. Includes a free CD version of D.O.A.'s studio album We Come in Peace.
The legendary and infamous New York Dolls at their best! Amazing rare live clips and interviews filmed by Bob Gruen and Nadya Beck in the 70s. Footage from early shows in NYC all the way to the TV studios, clubs and swimming pools of Los Angeles. Black and white film was never so colorful! Includes ripping versions of "Personality Crisis," "Who Are the Mystery Girls'" "Babylon" and more.
Johnny Thunders was the legendary hard-living rock'n'roll guitarist who inspired glam-metal, punk and the music scene in general. 'Looking For Johnny' is a 90-minute film that documents Thunders' career from his beginnings to his tragic death in 1991. The film examines his career as a member of the New York Dolls, the punk scene with The Heartbreakers in New York City and London and much more.
The true story of Radio Birdman, the pre-punk band that changed Australian music forever. This critically acclaimed documentary, shows the uncompromising attitude and high energy rock'n'roll ethos of the band that was the prototype for independent music in Australia. The film features interviews with all surviving members of the original band, along with rare archival footage and photos. In 1974 Deniz Tek and Rob Younger form Radio B...Read More
From the archives of SF's famous Target Video comes this monster release from the classic original early 80s line up of Flipper. Capturing extreme and scorching performances from 1980 and 1981, this DVD helps form a picture of the band that slowed down punk rock and made the kids suffer in the "louder faster" days of hardcore. An intense blend of noise, punk and drone music coupled with an in your face attitude and performance style m...Read More
On Halloween (of course!) 1986 the gods of punk rock rose from the dead. The original members of the Dead Boys reformed for a short jaunt to NYC at the Ritz and leveled the audience of old heads, burnouts, junkies, geeks and freaks. the Ritz. Stiv Bators, Cheetah Chrome, Jimmy Zero, Jeff Magnum and Johnny Blitz got it together for one more show in their old stomping ground of New York City.
Classic punk rock movie from 1980 starring Richard Hell, illustrating the end of the first wave of New York City punk rock better than other films. Nada (Carole Bouquet), a beautiful French journalist on assignment in New York, records the life and work of up and coming punk rock star, Billy (Richard Hell). Featuring members of the Voidoids and the Ramones. A time capsule from '80's New York City
A film about community, hype, and musical incest. The story of San Diego's legendary 90s music scene and its brief, ill-fated reign as the 'next Seattle'. A motley community of musicians with a do-it-yourself ethos and an aversion to mainstream culture develop their idiosyncratic sounds in the isolation of San Diego, but soon find themselves at the center of bidding wars and expense account lunches. What happens when the outcasts beco...Read More
2007 Los Angeles tribute and benefit concert for The Clash's Joe Strummer whose influence on music is immeasurable. A fantastic and poignant evening for all involved. Proceeds from the sale of this DVD will benefit the Strummerville charity. Set up by family and friends in the wake of Joe Strummer's death in 2002.
Recorded live at the Michigan Theater, this heartfelt tribute/celebration of Stooge guitarist Ron Asheton's life and music featured Iggy and the Stooges, Henry Rollins, and guest guitarist Deniz Tek (Radio Birdman). Includes a string section on a few Stooges classics! All profits from the sale of the DVD go to the Ron Asheton Foundation which supports animal welfare and music.
This DVD features footage from the lost recording session of In God We Trust Inc. and includes between song banter, outtakes and rescued multi-track recordings. Also features live performances of songs from the 12 inch EP spanning 1979-1986. Songs include: Hyperactive Child, Nazi Punks Fuck Off, Kepone Factory, Dogbite, Religious Vomit, We've Got a Bigger Problem Now, Rawhide and Moral Majority.
While this DVD may look rough and raw to 21st Century eyes, it is also the best representation of Iggy live during an otherwise pitifully undocumented era of his career. Fronting a crack band featuring Blondie drummer Clem Burke and future David Bowie guitarist Carlos Alomar, Pop is as unpredictable and dominant as ever (no small feat since he is sporting a mini skirt, garters and stockings for most of the show). Filmed on November ...Read More
This 1977 performance from New York's legendary CBGB's proves why The Dead Boys were the epitome of snotty punk rock. Characterized by Stiv Bator's audience provoking on-stage antics, along with the band's aggressive power chord punch, the Dead Boys have earned their title as one of the greatest and most influential punk bands in history. Track list: Sonic Reducer, All This and More, Not Anymore, Revenge, Flame Thrower Love, I Need ...Read More
In the early 70's, rock photographer Bob Gruen and his wife Nadya purchased a portable video recorder. In a period of three years they shot over 40 hours of New York Dolls footage. Now for the first time ever this footage is unveiled. This feature length documentary captures the band during early performances in New York at Kenny's Castaways and Max's Kansas City, then follows the Dolls on their tour of the west coast, including foota...Read More
Decades after birthing punk in the 1970s, CBGB remains the archetypal club of the Rock and Roll underground. For the past twenty-eight years, CBGB has played host to up-and-coming bands from all sub-genres of Rock and continues to capture the hearts of those who appreciate the spirit of original music. This video features live performances by Agnostic Front, UK Subs, Cro-Mags, the Vibrators, and many more!
When Charlie told me he was 70 now, and he'd had 50 years on the road already, I thought this sounds like a good story. I think the story really begins in 1983, which is with Charlie at the helm, stripped of the rest of the band. The amazing story of the long running punk band the UK Subs and their leader, Charlie Harper.
Dave Travis presents live footage featuring the Meat Puppets, Minutemen, Twisted Roots and Redd Kross interspersed with interviews. Each song by each group is presented from start to finish. Rare interviews with Mike Watt (Minutemen), Jeff and Steve McDonald (Redd Kross), Cris and Curt Kirkwood (Meat Puppets), Paul Roessler (Screamers, Twisted Roots, DC3) and Hellin (Killer) Roessler.
Washington DC-based punk activist collective Positive Force emerged in 1985. This feature-length film by Robin Bell skillfully mixes rare archival footage (including electrifying live performances from Fugazi, Bikini Kill, Nation of Ulysses, Anti-Flag, and more) with new interviews with key PF activists like co-founder Mark Andersen and supporters such as Ian MacKaye, Ted Leo, and Kathleen Hanna.
Sad Vacation is an up close and personal account of the tumultuous and stormy relationship between Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen and how it ended in Room 100 of the Chelsea Hotel. Directed by Danny Garcia (The Rise and Fall of The Clash, Looking for Johnny), this films pulls no punches and reveals the facts through personal friends, insiders and witnesses. Includes interviews with Sylvain Sylvain (New York Dolls), Bob Gruen, Walter Lu...Read More
Banned in London, busted in Milwaukee, the legendary Wendy O. Williams and the Plasmatics caused a seismic cultural shock still felt today. They pioneered the mohawk, the fusing of punk and metal and did shows including the blowing up of cars yet to be matched. Labeled 'the greatest punk band in the world' by Tom Snyder on his 1981 TV show, by 1982 their next album was hailed by the LA Times as the best heavy metal since AC/DC. This 2...Read More
Punk's Not Dead is more than just a tribute documentary. It takes you on an era-by-era journey that puts punk rock's non-conformist reputation under the knife. Officially sanctioned by the bands in the film who donated personal photos, fliers and home videos, Punk's Not Dead follows the evolution of punk music from its anarchic roots, to its use as a corporate marketing tool and acceptance into popular culture, to its reinvention in t...Read More
Iggy & the Stooges: Live in Detroit 2003 features Iggy Pop and the original lineup of the Stooges (with bassist Mike Watt subbing for the late Dave Alexander) performing at their first Detroit homecoming in 29 years. It is a full concert of the best songs of the first two Stooges albums from 1969 & 1970. In Iggy Pop's own words, "Here they are, the original Stooges, the band that never bit the weenie. A particular stiff-necked place a...Read More
Rage: 20 Years of Punk Rock presents the history of punk rock in the U.S. through the eyes of six of the first punk rockers. Their story has been characterized by a unique view of the world, and attempts to convey this view have not always been embraced by industry leaders. Footage of performances and interviews provide an in-depth examination of this genre, and eye-catching graphics lend a suitable backdrop. The individual rockers di...Read More
From the beginning, LA punk band the Circle Jerks were rooted in controversy. Formed by ex members of Black Flag and Red Cross (now Redd Kross) in late 1979, the band came to encapsulate the image, sound and energy of California Hardcore Punk. Filmmaker David Markey (1991: The Year Punk Broke, The Slog Movie) mixes in-depth interviews, rare live footage and historical perspective to illustrate the story of one of the most influential ...Read More
This 30 minute VHS features the seminal punk band Dead Kennedys, live from their early years at various venues, including the Mabuhay Gardens, the Sproul Plaza at Berkeley and at Target Studios between 1978 through 1981. Much of the material is from the classic & critically acclaimed debut LP "Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables." In addition to 9 live songs, there is also hilarious news footage from Jello Biafra's notorious Mayoral ca...Read More
"If you've ever wondered what the Stooges' first show on Halloween 1967 was like, you'll find that answer and many others about the Detroit music scene of the late 1960s in a new DVD, Blowing Fuses Left & Right: The Legendary Detroit Rock Interviews." That's how Rolling Stone describes this documentary featuring the legendary 1988 Detroit interviews with members of the Stooges, the Rationals and the MC5 & the Detroit music scene.
This program features Lech Kowalski's 2003 documentary feature about the life and times of Ramones bassist and all-star burn out, Dee Dee Ramone (1952-2002). Dee Dee's life is a fascinating character study of a punk rock legend who never grew up. Listen to Dee Dee's account with director Lech Kowalski, to discuss Johnny Thunders for the film 'Born to Lose.' Relive the battlefield history of rock and roll through the memories of this o...Read More
Documentarian Lech Kowalski, while visiting Krakow, met one of his film's fans, a Polish punk-rocker-turned-entrepreneur named Lukasz Siska. Instantly inspired, Kowalski followed Siska back to the Cockney Underground Boot Factory -- the aforementioned boot factory -- in order to look into the lives of people whose existences revolve around hard music, hard partying, and serious capitalism.
This 126 minute film features raw, vintage live performances by Bad Religion, The Circle Jerks, The Weirdos, and The Dickies. These performances, originally released on VHS as "Best Of Flipside Volume 1" and "Best Of Flipside Volume 6," capture all the aggressiveness and energy of the L.A. punk rock scene in the mid-eighties. The DVD also features bonus live tracks from Dead Kennedy's and D.O.A. Among the classic tracks included a...Read More
Southern California. The late 70s. Spike-haired kids with tattoos and a love for loud music stuck out like sore thumbs. These Punk pioneers found their only sanctuary at Cuckoo's Nest, a club in Costa Mesa. "Clockwork Orange County" chronicles this scene, where seminal Punk acts such as The Ramones, T.S.O.L. and Black Flag launched, and a west coast chapter of a global musical movement was born.
SpokAnarchy! is a feature-length documentary that chronicles the manic highs and desperate lows in the emergence of the punk rock scene in culturally barren 1980s of Spokane, Washington. Bands include Vampire Lezbos, Sweet Madness, Terror Couple, Cattle Prod, TFL, Social Bondage and more.
On December 29, 1990, punk rock veterans Bad Religion were set to open a concert in their native Los Angeles when fire marshals cancelled the over-capacity show, declaring it a safety hazard. The resulting riot among the crowd of over 1,000 grabbed national headlines. Along with fan-shot footage of the evening's mayhem, this special program also features the band's February, 1991 make-up show. Songs include "We're Only Gonna Die," "Do...Read More
Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers' classic 1977 'L.A.M.F.' album performed by members of Blondie, MC5 & Replacements. The sole surviving Heartbreaker Walter Lure is joined by Blondie's Clem Burke, The Replacements' Tommy Stinson and MC5's Wayne Kramer. Captured live at the Bowery in 2016. Includes guests including Dead Boys' Cheetah Chrome. The DVD includes bonus interviews with all four band-members, plus guest Jesse Malin (D-Gener...Read More
A long lost live concert performance from The Heartbreakers explosive 1984 reunion world tour that included fellow Dolls Sylvain Sylvain & Jerry Nolan plus Billy Rath! Filmed for TV broadcast at La Edad De Oro in Madrid, Spain, this concert captures powerful performances of songs from throughout Thunders's amazing career including "Personality Crisis," "Too Much Junkie Business," "Born Too Lose"
The rare Wendy O. Williams/Plasmatics live footage in this DVD has, in the main, never been released before. During the early years Plasmatics creator Rod Swenson, who directed and shot all the Wendy O./Plasmatics conceptual videos (AKA known for his footage of the Ramones, Dead Boys, Blondie, and Motorhead among others) shot numerous Plasmatics shows the footage from which was never edited or released. Except for some short excerpts ...Read More
The definitive history and documentation of one of the true pioneers of third wave ska-punk music. This 84 minute film traces the band from their humble roots in the basements, bars and punk clubs of Grand Rapids, Michigan and follows them on a 17 year journey across the world. Through interviews, behind the scenes footage, live clips, excerpts from music videos and more, the viewer is shown an insider's view of a ska punk institution.
A monumental documentary about the rise of punk rock in the town that needed it most... Washington D.C. When punk rock erupted in Washington DC, it was a mighty convergence of powerful music, friendships, and clear minds. This film is the first to explore the incredible challenges that this subculture faced when it took root in the Nation’s Capital in the late 1970’s. Punk the Capital situates DC punk within the larger narratives of r...Read More
We Got Power Films presents David Markey's (creator of underground cult films 'Desperate Teenage Lovedolls,' 'Lovedolls Superstar,' & '1991: The Year Punk Broke') 1981-82 raw document of the LA/Orange County hardcore punk scene. Like a fanzine on film, The Slog Movie has an intimate backstage/on stage feel. Interviews, humorous interludes, and incredible live performances from Wasted Youth, Redd Kross, TSOL, Fear, Circle Jerks, Henry ...Read More
A Night Flight Plus exclusive. Executive Produced by Night Flight Creator Stuart Shapiro, this raw Johnny Thunders concert film captures the controversial artist performing at New York's Irving Plaza on March 13th, 1982.
Desolation Center is the previously untold story of a series of early 80s guerrilla music and art performance happenings in Southern California that are recognized to have inspired Burning Man, Lollapalooza and Coachella, collective experiences that have become key elements of popular culture in the 21st century. The feature documentary splices interviews and rare performance footage of Sonic Youth, Minutemen, Meat Puppets, Swans, Red...Read More
From LA filmmaker DAVID MARKEY, who brought us the 1983 punk cult classic 8mm film, DESPERATE TEENAGE LOVEDOLLS, comes its twisted sequel, LOVEDOLLS SUPERSTAR (1986). The epic continues when Patch Kelley (Janet Housden) becomes Patch Christ, the leader of an acid-damaged religious cult who rescues washed-up Lovedoll Kitty Karryall from a drunken, wasted life. Ft's music by Redd Kross, Sonic Youth, Meat Puppets, Dead Kennedys, + mo...Read More
The Icarus Line Must Die is a dramatic narrative feature set against the backdrop of the current LA music scene. The film tracks Joe Cardamone, front man of The Icarus Line, as he navigates his way through the ups and downs of the modern music landscape.
1984 Home Move: Gun Club On The Road includes never-before-seen footage of the band backstage and onstage during their legendary 1984 tour. This classic line-up only stayed together for this one album, featuring original drummer Terry Graham, as well as guitar from Kid Congo Powers (The Cramps, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds) and bassist Patricia Morrison (Sisters Of Mercy).
October 12th, 1978 – New York Police discover the lifeless body of 20 year-old Nancy Spungen. Ex-prostitute, sometime stripper, heroin addict and infamous girlfriend of Sex Pistols’ 21-year-old bass guitarist Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols. Dressed in her underwear, Spungen bled to death from a stab wound. Vicious was pronounced guilty of her murder in a trial-by-media by noon the following day….and took his own life shortly thereafter.