One of FDL Movie Night’s favorite directors, Dave Markey, returns with The Year Punk Broke, his awesome 1991  indie doc, finally released on DVD, featuring Sonic Youth, Babes in Toyland, Dinosaur Jr., the Ramones and Nirvana on tour, right before the release of Nirvana’s major label debut Nevermind which changed the face of music, going on to sell selling 400,000 copies a week by Christmas 1991, and dethroning Michael Jackson at the top of the Bilboard chart.  Was 1991 the year punk broke into mainstream consciousness or the year underground cred was broken by exposure?

The title works both ways. Punk became grunge and would go mainstream–including a fashion spreads in major glossy magazine which are now recycling the trend–corporate interests would come into play; the DIY manifesto also seeped out into the suburbs, creating legions of alternative lifestylers. And the dreaded hipster. Things haven’t been the same since the year punk broke, in both good and bad ways.

Markey’s TYPB is a behind the scene look at touring, performances and  personalities–including Courtney Love who shows up backstage, and is well–just Courtney. Invited by Sonic Youth on a two week festival tour,

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Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.