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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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Credited cast:
K.K. Barrett ... Self
Roberta Bayley Roberta Bayley ... Self
Jello Biafra ... Self
Glenn Branca ... Musician, Composer
John Cale ... Self
Bob Gruen ... Self
Mary Harron ... Self
John Holmstrom ... Self
Chrissie Hynde ... Self
Jim Jarmusch ... Self
Darryl Jenifer ... Self
David Johansen ... Self
Mick Jones ... Self
Wayne Kramer ... Self
Glen Matlock ... Self
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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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Documentary | Music

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David Johansen: You know, rock and roll had become this just be-denimed kind of, drum solo kind of thing, and what we wanted to do was bring it down to three minutes and put that Little Richard drag on top of it. And that's what rock and roll was to us, you know. We were just trying to make rock and roll, you know.
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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn'tve)
Written by Pete Shelley
Published by Incomplete 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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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 July 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

PUNK:ATTITUDE パンク:アティテュード See more »

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