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NY77: The Coolest Year in Hell (2007)

New York City, 1977 - It was a time when the city had fallen into decay, with too few jobs, money, police, schools, and social services. There was a city wide blackout with major looting, a... See full synopsis »


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Credited cast:
Sal Abbatiello ...
Wayne Barrett ...
Himself (as 'Jellybean' Benitez)
Henry Chalfant ...
Mel Cheren ...
DJ Disco Wiz ...
Ronnie Eldridge ...
Danny Fields ...
Damion Fitz ...
Blackout Sequence Actor
Sweet G. ...
Grandmaster Caz ...


New York City, 1977 - It was a time when the city had fallen into decay, with too few jobs, money, police, schools, and social services. There was a city wide blackout with major looting, a serial killer on the loose, and the Bronx was burning. And yet out of the chaos emerged one of the most creative times any city has ever encountered.

Executive Produced by Academy Award Nominee Nanette Burstein ("The Kid Stays in the Picture"), "NY77: The Coolest Year In Hell" is a two-hour documentary that tells the story of one astonishing year in New York City history. Premiering Saturday, August 11 at 9PM*, the documentary is told chronologically and weaves together the stories of the emergence of hip hop, punk and disco, graffiti art, and sexual liberation. In the background are the major political events and social issues of the day -- crime, urban decay, financial woes, the infamous blackout, drugs, Son of Sam, the bitter mayoral election and the overall poverty that gripped the city.

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How I wish I could have lived there during that time
4 December 2009 | by See all my reviews

This documentary goes into the year 1977 of new york city and what had happened and why it was the coolest year in hell...obviously :).

It goes into the whole hip hop and punk scene emerging and starting, block parties, The black out that happened, Clubs that originated, Gay rights movements, Politics that had happened that year. Many things are covered in this documentary in that year.

I thought it was quite an inspiration to see some of hip hop and punks roots and even more inspiring to see afrika bambaata invite all the punk rockers to party with all the hip hop people. Any punk rocker and hip hop head should watch this documentary for those reasons alone and learn its the music that unites the people cause it did back then.

Even the clubs originations are really cool to learn about and makes ya really envious that you wish you had lived there in that time. Swinger bars full of orgies, cocaine, buffets. Wow what a party scene it was back then....Hugely inspired after watching so many cultural things inspire from that city. Some good and some bad but what is life without balance of both. Highly recommended


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