Monday, April 18, 2011

'1991: The Year Punk Broke' to Get 20th Anniversary Release

In long-overdue DVD news, We Got the Power Films has just made a major announcement: this fall, Dave Markey's landmark examination of the punk revival, 1991: The Year Punk Broke, will see release. The film, which I've long wanted to check out, follows Sonic Youth and Nirvana on their 1991 tour of Europe and includes appearances by Dinosaur Jr., Babes in Toyland, and The Ramones (more on those guys here later this week...). The disc will include a wealth of extras. Here's the rundown from We Got the Power's official site:

• 42 minute Bonus Movie entitled "(This Is Known As) The Blues Scale" with previously unseen mind-blowing Sonic & Nirvana performances (including "Inhuman", "White Kross", "Orange Rolls/Angel's Spit", "Eric's Trip", "Chapel Hill", and "In Bloom") and plenty of revelatory and rockin' (and hilarious) never before seen off-stage and on-stage material
• Running audio commentary track by Thurston Moore & Dave Markey
• Rough Edits of performance material
• 2003 Panel Discussion (on the film) at the Arclight in Hollywood, with Thurston Moore, Dave Markey, Lee Ranaldo, Steve Shelley, and J. Mascis
• A photo slide show
• Theatrical trailer
• More surprises!

Thanks, as always, to The Second Disc for this news. I hope to have a review up when the disc gets released. The exact release-date is still pending...

Update: The film's director, Dave Markey, just contacted me to explain that the DVD was produced by We Got the Power, but is being released by Universal sometime this September. Thanks, Dave!
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