The Punk Rock Movie - and - There Is No Authority But Yourself

Punk Double Bill at The Railway Film Night
The Railway Hotel, Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
18 February 2013, from 19:30

A double bill consisting of two seminal documents from the UK punk movement, followed by an informal Q&A session with Penny Rimbaud, co-founder and drummer of Crass.

Don Letts’ Punk Rock Movie

A revealing look into the bands comprising the 1977 London punk-rock scene, and a peek back-stage at the lives behind the facade. Includes performances by Sex Pistols, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Eater, and other concurrent bands.

Most of the bands were filmed at the Roxy club in London, where Don Letts worked as a DJ. Letts filmed the bands very simply with a Super-8 camera, and also filmed on the tour bus and at shows with The Clash and The Slits. The Sex Pistols were filmed at Screen on the Green in London on 3 April 1977, Sid Vicious’s first show with the band. A wonderful historical document of one of the most important musical and cultural revolutions of the 20th Century!

There Is No Authority But Yourself

The anarchist punk band Crass was very different from their contemporaries. The Sex Pistols and The Clash sold their souls to big record labels, whereas Crass stayed true to their anti-corporate ideals. Crass still exists today as a commune just outside of London named ‘Dial House’- a safe haven for those individuals of principle who still live by the old punk slogan ‘Do it yourself’.

Free admission and popcorn!

Penny Rimbaud - The Railway Hotel - 18 February 2013
Penny Rimbaud – The Railway Hotel – 18 February 2013 – Photo courtesy Graham Burnett