A look at the subversive movement that started during the AIDS epidemic of the 1980’s and continues strong today. Covering zines, films, bands, art, hi-jinks, and more from the likes of Bruce LaBruce, G.B. Jones, Genesis P-Orridge, John Waters, Kathleen Hanna, Kim Gordon, Peaches, and many others you might just have heard of. Get your fill of rad-queer, riot grrrl, diy punk, camp, and awesome right here! This one is making the film circuit and will hopefully be out for the rest of us soon.
Screening at Filmbar in Phx on October 7 and out on DVD on October 13th covering the span of the 20+ years of the fierce lady punks that make up the revolutionary grrrl band, L7. Featuring interviews with Exene Cervenka, Shirley Manson, Joan Jett, Lydia Lunch, Allison Wolfe, Allison Robertson (Donna R), Brody Dalle, and more.
By now, I’m sure everyone here is quite familiar with Fat Wreck Chords and the ever-so-colorful Fat Mike. Some of us may even be familiar with how it began and the hundred plus bands that have touted the Fat Wreck seal of approval on one or all of their releases. The alumni list is pretty hefty, particularly if you include subsidiary labels Honest Don’s and Pink & Black, which unfortunately, were barely mentioned in this documentary. I have more complaints being a terminal curmudgeon, but we’ll get to those later.
Any punk or person claiming to be punk has at least seen the first beyond-classic film “Decline Of Western Civilization.” Either on VHS, a ripped DVD or in my case when I was younger, a 5th generation copy of a copy. For years now we have been hearing that all 3 will be released on DVD and for years we have waited. Well it seems the wait is over! All three of the films will now be released on a four disc deluxe box set June 30th and can be pre-ordered now on Amazon. It will cost close to 60 bucks but I really don’t think that will stop many of us from snapping it up and when you throw in a 40 page book, extended interviews and a commentary from Dave Grohl, it is pretty much a done deal.
It is not a leap to say that many of us owe a debt of gratitude to Penelope Spheeris for capturing those early days in the first film as so much was lost over the years or never filmed. I admit I was not a huge fan of the second film “The Metal Years” but I know many of you are and the final “Part III” with its focus on gutter punks has in itself become a classic and much sought after.
Here is your chance to own all three with a bonus disc on a format that will finally do them justice.
A documentary about the band cleverly titled Passion of the Crust is due to be out soon and features 13 years of footage by filmmaker Christopher J. Ryan and lots of interviews. Here is a movie trailer so you can check that out, and hey, Jello is in it.