Monday, April 19, 2010

Punk's Not Dead (2007)

On the edge of the 30th anniversary of punk rock, Punk's Not Dead takes
you into the sweaty underground clubs, backyard parties, recording
studios, and yes, shopping malls and stadium shows where punk rock
music and culture continue to thrive. Thirty years after bands like the
Ramones and the Sex Pistols infamously shocked the system with their
hard, fast, status-quo-killing rock, the longest-running punk band in
history is drawing bigger crowds than ever, "pop-punk" bands have found
success on MTV, and kids too young to drive are forming bands that
carry the torch for punk's raw, immediate sound.

Meanwhile, "punk" has
become a marketing concept to sell everything from cars to vodka, and
dyed hair and piercings mark a rite of passage for thousands of kids.
Can the true, nonconformist punk spirit still exist in today's
corporatized culture? Featuring interviews, performances, and
behind-the-scenes journeys with the bands, labels, fans, and press who
keep punk alive, Punk's Not Dead dares to juxtapose pop-punk's music
and lifestyle against the roots in the 70s and 80s, resulting in
unexpected revelations.



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