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Punk: Attitude (2005)

Unrated | | Documentary, Music | 4 July 2005 (USA)
A documentary on the music, performers, attitude and distinctive look that made up punk rock.

Director:

Don Letts

Writer:

Don Letts
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Cast

Credited cast:
K.K. Barrett ... Himself
Roberta Bayley Roberta Bayley ... Herself
Jello Biafra ... Himself
Glenn Branca ... Musician, Composer
John Cale ... Himself
Bob Gruen ... Himself
Mary Harron ... Herself
John Holmstrom ... Himself
Chrissie Hynde ... Herself
Jim Jarmusch ... Himself
Darryl Jenifer ... Himself
David Johansen ... Himself
Mick Jones ... Himself
Wayne Kramer ... Himself
Glen Matlock ... Himself
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Punk: Attitude is a documentary on the history of punk rock in the U.S.A. and U.K. The film traces the different styles of punk from their roots in '60s garage and psychedelic bands (Count Five, The Stooges) through glam-punk (New York Dolls) to the '70s New York and London scenes and into the hardcore present. Interviews with many of the musicians are edited with live clips and historical footage. Written by Jim Whittaker

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 July 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Punk: Attitűd See more »

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Jello Biafra: By the end of say, oh maybe mid-'79, the only people playing punk music left were the people who really wanted to be there. And so there was this big split, which meant punk went more underground, and got more intense, more purist in a way, which is both good and bad, and more hardcore.
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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Our Way
Performed by The Germs
Written by Darby Crash (as D Crash) / Pat Smear (as P Smear)
Published by Crash Course Music
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Finally!
12 July 2005 | by Local HeroSee all my reviews

I am always dismayed to see the conceptions many people have of punk rock, so I was elated to find a film that finally hits the nail on the head: Don Letts' "Punk: Attitude." I think I have seen every punk documentary out there, but this is the first film that, in my opinion, finally gets it right. If you want a good, solid overview of the history of punk, and, more importantly, if you want to understand the true essence of punk at its best, this is the film to watch. As the film's title suggests, punk rock was and is always a socio-political attitude, first and foremost. Safety pins, haircuts, instrumentation, tempo: these are not the criteria of true punk. Attitude -- political, social, artistic -- is what matters.

Perhaps a mention of the L.A. band X was merited, but once one begins to quibble...


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