Released in 2007 by Revelation Films, this is an absolute must for all those with an interest in or a love of all things Punk Rock. There is some great footage of live events, backstage and front of the house, as well as a lot of great music and commentary on the scene from those who helped create it.
Punk’s Not Dead is a documentary about the second wave of Punk Rock, about those who were too young or not even born first time around. It’s a ‘Thank You’ to The Ramones, Sex Pistols, Clash, and features many other artists from the first wave of Punk-The Damned, 999, Buzzcocks, Stiff Little Fingers, Dead Kennedy’s. But it doesn’t stop so far back in history to be inaccessible for a younger generation, their voices are not overruled by the die-hards of yesteryear. Punk’s Not Dead extends into the modern age, into the skateparks and malls of the USA, as well as the Rebellion Festival crowd of the UK. Nick Cash (999) and Charlie Harper (UK Subs) sit easily alongside Tim Armstrong (Rancid) – who helped produce the film, Wattie (The Exploited) and Billy Joe Armstrong (Green Day), there is interesting input and observations from Dick Lucas (Subhumans) Monkey (The Adicts) as well as Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedy’s) bands like My Chemical Romance, Good Charlotte, Sum 41, Nofx, Black Flag and a whole list of other bands who’ve sacrificed their all for getting on stage and making things happen.
If you ever wondered what happened to Punk after 1979, you will see through this film that it didn’t die, it went underground away from the mainstream, it went back to the kids who felt angry, cut off and unheard. In time, it came back with a whole new generation of fans, new sounds, new bands alongside the pioneers and the survivors, those who reformed and those that never went away.
Punk’s Not Dead is a film about those who did it, who continue to play and the inspiration they have passed on to the next generation, those who continue today and those who will, in turn, pass it onto the next, and the next. It is music history, present and future made by those who care enough to do something about it.
A Susan Dynner film