Oct 28, 2010
The Punk Rock Movie by Don Letts
Here's one of those something-specials that pops up every once in a while on YouTube or Google Video: the full version of The Punk Rock Movie by Don Letts. Shot, for the most part, in and around the Roxy in London in 1977, the film features live footage of The Clash, the Sex Pistols, Wayne County & the Electric Chairs, Generation X, Slaughter and the Dogs, The Slits, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Eater, Subway Sect, X-Ray Spex, Alternative TV and Johnny Thunders and The Heartbreakers, as well as some backstage footage of Generation X, The Slits and Siouxsie and the Banshees. Of course it's not the greatest movie in the world, but it's priceless for one main reason - this is the way it was, and Letts was smart enough to make a record of what was happening. Thank god.
On a personal note, this film is notable for one thing - my friend Daisy was 16 at the time, and her boyfriend was Mark Perry, lead singer of Alternative Television. You can see her in the scene with ATV recording.