Punk's Not Dead (2007)



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As the original DIY spirit of punk becomes increasingly watered down through commercialization and corporate influence, longtime photographer and Brick co-producer Susan Dynner explores the music's origins as a social movement uniting disenfranchised outsiders before tracing its breakthrough into the mainstream during the 1990s. In the 1980s, punk rock was strictly an underground movement, and for every Ramones, Clash, and Sex Pistols making a mark on the mainstream there were ten UK Subs and Subhumans delivering some of the most ferocious, outrageous music ever conceived. In the 1990s, the music that once shocked the masses gradually became commercialized through the likes of Green Day, Rancid, and Nirvana. By the time such bands as Good Charlotte and Sum 41 hit the scene in the first years of the 21st century, the vitality and urgency that once defined punk rock had largely been lost in radio friendly riffs and lyrics that were more concerned with typical teenage issues than the current state of politics and globalization. So what exactly happened to the non-conformist spirit of punk? In this documentary, Dynner speaks with such outspoken punk godfathers as Henry Rollins, Ian MacKaye, Jello Biafra, and others to find that, despite outward appearances, the rebellious spirit that originally defined this challenging genre of music is still very much alive.
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Critic Reviews for Punk's Not Dead

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Full Review… | January 23, 2012
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Full Review… | October 17, 2008
AV Club
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Even the title sounds like a hardheaded comeback to a proclamation nobody made.

Full Review… | October 19, 2007
Seattle Times
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Susan Dynner's documentary about the past 30 years of punk music doesn't exactly break any new ground. But it does offer an entertaining overview that is leavened with humorous philosophical digressions.

August 9, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
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Poor punk. Such a bundle of complexes, most of them encapsulated in the needlessly defensive title of Susan Dynner's documentary Punk's Not Dead.

Full Review… | July 27, 2007
New York Times
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The movie covers a lot of time and territory, and some of its questions are great ones. (The biggest, for true punks: Is getting a big record deal a sign of ultimate success, or final defeat?)

July 27, 2007
Newark Star-Ledger
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Audience Reviews for Punk's Not Dead

Long Live Punk Rock. This is a great overview what it's all about and what happened to it. I liked all the bands shown in this film except Social Distorion (I don't think they were signifcant to this film they aren't really punks). Great movie I expect to see more like these.

Fernando Castro
Fernando Castro

Interesting, but wished it had been more linear and had included Patti Smith, Blondie, Lydia Lunch, and Hole. Too andro-centric!

Sean Moundas
Sean Moundas

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