Punk Rock Documentaries:

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1.
End of the Century (2003 Documentary)
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The story of the punk rock band The Ramones. (110 mins.)
“ End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones is a 2003 documentary film about highly influential New York punk rock band the Ramones. The film, produced and directed by Jim Fields and Michael Gramaglia, documents the band's history from their formation in the early 1970s and 22 subsequent years of touring, to their 1996 breakup and the deaths of three of the four original members. The title is taken from the Ramones' 1980 album, End of the Century. ” - Slack-Babbath
 
2.
The Filth and the Fury (2000 Documentary)
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A film about the career of the notorious punk rock band, the Sex Pistols. (108 mins.)
Director: Julien Temple
“ Although their career lasted a bit less than two years, few rock bands have made a more dramatic impact than the Sex Pistols, who quickly rose to international infamy as the best-known British punk band, then fell apart shortly after their first American tour in a tempest of drugs, ego, and infighting. Manager Malcolm McLaren began making a film about the group while they were at the height of their fame, but by the time McLaren and director Julien Temple completed The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle, the group's best-known member, bassist Sid Vicious, was dead, and the remaining Pistols -- vocalist Johnny Rotten (aka John Lydon), guitarist Steve Jones, drummer Paul Cook, and original bassist Glen Matlock were in litigation against McLaren and refused to participate. In 1998, Temple began working with the group's surviving members (who reunited for a brief tour in 1996) for this definitive documentary of the Pistols' career, which combines new interviews with footage of legendary live performances (such as their infamous Jubilee Day show on a ship sailing past the Houses of Parliament), as well as newsreels of the chaos that followed in their wake, including the TV appearance that changed them overnight from a little-known cult band to national pariahs ” - Slack-Babbath
 
3.
The Clash: Westway to the World (2000 Documentary)
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A career retrospective of British punk band The Clash, featuring exclusive interviews with the entire band. (60 mins.)
Director: Don Letts
“ This efficient, enjoyable documentary charts the rise and fall of the British punk group the Clash, widely considered one of the greatest bands of all time. Checking in at a brisk 107 minutes, Westway to the World follows a fairly traditional format, interspersing talking-head interviews with band members, live concert clips, still photos, and other assorted footage. Directed by Don Letts, a friend of the band, the movie limns a portrait of a band that took its music and politics seriously. Westway to the World recounts the group's swift rise, as it broke through the formal and commercial limitations of punk -- only to fall apart, Behind the Music-style, as it was reaching the peak of its worldwide popularity. Although not as virtuosic as its subject, Westway to the World nonetheless offers an informative and entertaining look at one of history's most important bands. ” - Slack-Babbath
 
4.
We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen (2005 Documentary)
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A feature-length documentary chronicling early 80's punk rock band the Minutemen, from their beginnings in San Pedro, California, to their demise after the death of singer D. Boon in 1985. (91 mins.)
Director: Tim Irwin
“ We Jam Econo - The Story of the Minutemen, is a full-length documentary about the influential 1980s punk rock band Minutemen, created by director Tim Irwin and producer Keith Schieron in association with Rocket Fuel Films. The film premiered on February 25, 2005 at the historic Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, California, after two years in production.

Poignant recent interviews with the band's two surviving members Mike Watt and George Hurley, as well as first-person anecdotes from notable musicians including Ian MacKaye, Flea, Henry Rollins and Thurston Moore, complement the archival concert and interview footage of the band, creating an informative and moving film for those interested in the band or punk rock in general.

The title is a lyric from their song "The Politics of Time."
It's also referred to in a comment made near the end of the film by Mike Watt, in a 1985 interview, when the band is asked if they have anything else to say. He answers for them: "We jam econo." Econo was local slang for economic and described the band's dedication to low-cost record production and touring. It also describes the band's (and burgeoning underground independent music scene's) do-it-yourself attitude and philosophy.

Two-Disc DVD Set with Over 5 Hours of Interviews, Live Performances and Archival Footage!

DISC 1:

- Feature “We Jam Econo - The Story of the Minutemen” (90min)
- Music videos: This Ain't No Picnic, Ack Ack Ack Ack, & King of the Hill
- 19 Deleted Scenes and Interviews
- Uncut Bard College Interview (56min)
- English Subtitles for the hearing impaired

DISC 2:

62 live songs from three full performances:
- The Starwood Los Angeles, CA - November 18th, 1980
- 9:30 Club Washington, D.C. - 1984
- Acoustic Blowout (Cable Access Show) - Hollywood, CA - 1985
- 16-page booklet with full color photos, flyers, etc. ” - Slack-Babbath
 
5.
Bad Religion: Live at the Palladium (2006 Video)
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Live at the Palladium is a live concert DVD by the punk band Bad Religion, released in March 2006. It... (134 mins.)
Director: Zach Merck
 
6.
25 Years of Punk (2001 Documentary)
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Lou Reed narrates this Television special that takes a look back at the beginnings of the punk rock movements in New York & England... (60 mins.)
 
7.
Punk: Attitude (2005 Documentary)
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A documentary on the music, performers, attitude and distinctive look that made up punk rock. (90 mins.)
Director: Don Letts
“ In the mid-1970s, a revolution was ignited on the streets of New York and London. Almost overnight it shattered the status quo and continued to impact all future generations of youth culture. Redefining popular music and fashion, it threatened the establishment and legitimized an independent, do-it-yourself attitude. Punk inspired an entire generation of filmmakers, poets, photographers, fashion designers and graphic artists. 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…

Stars: Jello Biafra, Chryssie Hynde, Jim Jarmusch, David Johansen, Mick Jones, Wayne Kramer, Glen Matlock, Legs McNeil, Thurston Moore, Tommy Ramone, Henry Rollins, Captain Sensible, Paul Simonon, Siouxsie Sioux. ” - Slack-Babbath
 
8.
Punk's Not Dead (2007 Documentary)
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On the edge of the 30th anniversary of punk rock, Punk's Not Dead takes you into the sweaty underground clubs... (93 mins.)
Director: Susan Dynner
“ 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 today’s underground scene. Director Susan Dynner’s first-hand experience of Washington DC’s punk scene in the Eighties and her continued love of punk music spurred the making of this self-financed, independent documentary true to the D.I.Y. spirit of punk culture. Punk’s Not Dead combines intelligent, insightful commentary with live performances, behind-the-scenes anecdotes and a killer soundtrack.

The Interviewed Bands & Performers:
The Adicts
Alkaline Trio
Anti-Flag
Angelic Upstarts
The Anti-Nowhere League
The Ataris
Bad Religion
Bang Sugar Bang
Jello Biafra
Black Flag
The Briefs
The Business
Buzzcocks
The Casualties
Channel 3
The Circle Jerks
Cock Sparrer
The Damned
Dead Kennedys
DEK
DI
The Diffs
DOA
The Exploited
Funeral Dress
GBH
The God Awfuls
Good Charlotte
Green Day
Billy Idol
The (International) Noise Conspiracy
Iron Cross
L7
MC5
Minor Threat
My Chemical Romance
Naked Agression
Narcoleptic Youth
NOFX
The Offspring
Pennywise
Peter & the Test Tube Babies
Pogo Atak
The Ramones
Rancid
Henry Rollins
Scream
Sex Pistols
Sham 69
T.V. Smith
Social Distortion
Stiff Little Fingers
Story of the Year
The Subhumans
Sum 41
Texas Terri
Thrice
Total Chaos
TSOL
The U.K. Subs
The Used
Vice Squad
The Voids
X
Youth Brigade
999 ” - Slack-Babbath
 
9.
American Hardcore (2006 Documentary)
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The History of American Punk Rock 1980-1986 (100 mins.)
Director: Paul Rachman
“ This documentary film addresses the birth and evolution of hardcore punk rock from 1978 to 1986. The documentary boasts extensive underground footage shot during the height of the hardcore movement. It features exclusive interviews with early hardcore punk music artists from bands such as Black Flag, Minor Threat, Bad Brains, and more. The film was shot and edited for 5 years with many clips of 80s hardcore bands being sent in by the bands themselves. ” - Slack-Babbath
 
10.
Filmage: The Story of Descendents/All (2013 Documentary)
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Long before punk rock inflicted its puncture wound on the map of mainstream music, the Descendents were in a van brewing a potent mix of pop... (90 mins.)