Friday, July 17, 2009

"Punk In England" DVD (director: Wolfgang Buld)

This is the follow-up to "Punk In London", and this time Buld focuses on the influence of punk on it's own step-children -- new wave and ska. Bands like The Jam, Madness, The Specials, Boomtown Rats, The Clash, Pretenders, and others are featured, and there's a wealth of classic pro-shot live video to appease even casual fans. A bonus film, "Women In Rock", is actually almost more interesting, presenting the Slits, Siouxsie, Nina Hagen, and others. They all touch upon sexism in rock, and these groundbreaking women deserve credit for taking such chances long before 'Riot Grrl' empowered girls to pick up guitars and make some noise. Not an essential DVD, but a nice portrait of an important time in indie music history. (MVD Visual)

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