Synopsis by Mark Deming
The initial shock of punk rock was beginning to wane in Britain, but the movement was still picking up steam and establishing itself as a genuine musical force when this documentary was shot in 1977 and 1978. Originally created for U.K. television, Punk: The Early Years includes interviews with musicians, fans, record-label executives, and rock journalists as they discuss the meaning and impact of punk rock. The film also features performances from the Adverts, the Slits, Generation X (featuring Billy Idol), X-Ray Spex, and Eddie and the Hot Rods. Among those interviewed are Siouxsie Sioux (from Siouxie & the Banshees), Marc Bolan of T. Rex, and early Sex Pistols associate Jordan.
Britain, chronicle, music-scene, punk-rock