'Punk' Strips Music To Its Angry Roots BYLINE: EDWARD GUTHMANN, Chronicle Staff Critic 4 Star Rating PUNK: Documentary. With Johnny Rotten, Iggy Pop, Elvis Costello, David Bowie, Patti Smith, ... See full synopsis »

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Bono ... Himself
David Bowie ... Himself
Gerald V. Casale Gerald V. Casale ... Himself
Exene Cervenka ... Herself
Chops Chops ... Himself (as Gary MacConnie)
Paul Cook Paul Cook ... Himself
Elvis Costello ... Himself
Brian Eno ... Himself
Bob Gruen Bob Gruen ... Himself
PJ Harvey ... Herself (as P.J. Harvey)
Chrissie Hynde ... Herself
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Steve Jones ... Himself
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'Punk' Strips Music To Its Angry Roots

BYLINE: EDWARD GUTHMANN, Chronicle Staff Critic

4 Star Rating

PUNK: Documentary. With Johnny Rotten, Iggy Pop, Elvis Costello, David Bowie, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Townshend, Chrissie Hynde, Joe Strummer and Joey Ramone. Directed, Written and Produced by Ted Haimes. (Not rated. 68 minutes. At the Red Vic Movie House through June 18.)

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If you thought you'd heard the last word on punk, or believed -- as I did -- that Penelope Spheeris' 1981 film ''The Decline of Western Civilization'' was the definitive punk documentary, you were wrong.

Say hello to ''Punk'' , a smart, bracing, thoroughly enjoyable film that recalls the punk movement in England and the United States, pinpoints its roots and legacy, and interviews all the players who defined the genre.

Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols is on board, along with Joe Strummer of the Clash, Elvis Costello (who says he never identified with...

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1 May 1995 (USA) See more »

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Episode 9: Punk
24 October 2005 | by ebiros2See all my reviews

While disco and theatrical rock was raging in America, a different stream of music was emerging from the streets of England called punk. The centerpiece of this music was no doubt the Sex Pistols with Johnny Rotten in lead vocals and Sid Vicious on bass. They casually admit that they couldn't sing or play the instruments so they just played loud and raunchy which became the template for punk music. Learn three chords and start a band was their motto. Other musicians were also grouped into this category such as Elvis Costello, but really didn't have any commonality to the likes of Sex Pistols musically.

10 years after England discovered punk, America finds its own brand of music from the streets called the Grunge. The music lacked the virtuosity, but punk was very rock in that it was a way for youth to express their thoughts and feelings.


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