Punk: Attitude – A Film By Don Letts
ok so Punk: Attitude – A Film By Don Letts was released in 2005 but i only discovered it yesterday and besides it documents events, people and bands from decades ago up to the corporate-suckling-young-punk-wannabe-millionaires of today
i have been a fan of the genre since i was a kid and still have time for it and some of its varied offspring and this film made me want to immediately discover some of the gems i’d not acquired previously as well as dip back into old favourites
what i’m attempting to get at is this is a very valid documentary tracing the roots of a hugely influential and sprawling music scene with contributions from a plethora of artists and musicians and it managed to tell me new and interesting things, plus the film maker himself was an integral part of the Punk social scene in London
a key point about this documentary is that it isn’t just about Punk Rock in the way i’d imagine most would think of it, hence the title Punk: Attitude ~ it has a very broad base that sets it apart from the average film about a scene that is bigger than The Sex Pistols and The Clash and was certainly born in North America and has often been widely misunderstood ~ MC5, New York Dolls, Ramones and many others are discussed and given their place in this film
it is currently packaged in a nicely designed collectors case, runs for 88 mins with over 2 hours of extras and has replicas of issues 1 & 7 of legendary punk fanzine Sniffin’ Glue
since Punk spanned the Atlantic here is one band from each side of it doing their thing . . .