The Punk Rock Movie

1978, Performing Arts  -   13 Comments

The Punk Rock Movie was assembled from Super 8 camera footage shot by Don Letts, the disc jockey at The Roxy club during the early days of the UK punk rock movement, between 1977 and 1979.

The film captures the energy and vibrancy of this period, and features archive live footage of the bands The Clash, the Sex Pistols, Wayne County and the Electric Chairs, Generation X, Slaughter and the Dogs, The Slits, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Eater, Subway Sect, X-Ray Spex, Alternative TV and The Heartbreakers.

All live footage was shot at the Roxy except the Sex Pistols, which was filmed at the Screen On The Green Cinema in London on April 3, 1977 (Sid Vicious' first concert with the band).

Ratings: 4.55/10from 11 users.

More great documentaries

13 Comments / User Reviews

  1. kafka11

    over rated era, most of these i*iots are just out of their heads and can't play a note, well painful to listen to. Thank God the Clash saw the limits of Punk and made some of the greatest music ever. Most of these bands are just plain embarrassing,

  2. dmxi

    best band of the era was CRASS who got banned from the roxy which inspired one of their best tracks but more important inspired anarcho-punk,conveying intellectual substance which the movement was in dire need of & then inspiring the next generation which culminated into bands like CONFLICT,DIRT,FLUX OF PINK INDIANS & so on.....

  3. Peter Youngman

    'Super that you made use of this old footage, and thanks for sharing it with us here.

  4. Peter Youngman


  5. leigh pierce

    I was born in 1974 south London, I missed the 1976 Punk scene by a decade, but I still caught on to the remnants of that scene growing up in the 80's. I would say that of course most of these bands were DIY bands that came from a need to express them selves and mostly from the working class. A lot of these bands matured and produced some classic tunes. Really tapped in to a spirit of creation fuelled by the energy of youth and drink and drugs were doused into the mix not always for good effect but who cares because the punk scene was mostly about saying F*&k it to convention and letting go. It would be good if there was more of that spirit around nowadays I guess...

  6. anarchoskindikalist

    fantastic to see all that stuff lastet so long- i think, there didn't follow up any new kinda social/cultural (revolutionary) movement till now that could match it. till now punk is still alive and kicking and i'm myself still deep in my heart the punk, the convinced anarchist i was 30 years ago: still playing in bands, make my living on tattoing- and all that at the age of 50. and i even know people older than me, that keep on keepin' on...

  7. Audiotech

    It was both grim and interesting times then in the UK. Seeing 'The Slits' supporting 'The Clash' all those years ago was a seminal moment for me. R.I.P Joe and Ari.

  8. tezm

    i think its great, i was expecting with super8 all grainy but its pretty good visually.the music suffers a bit but its punk and i was then a mancunian 16 year old punk and was luckly enough to have the factory/russel club on my doorstep litterally, still dident get to see my "band" the pistols, i love that band so much,even now when i hear the shit and the shit is selling s*** loads i think f*** the 60s(i like a lot of it) if i could choose it would be 16 in 1977, i dont hanker after the past much but i will say this, have you ever tried to add up how much went on in such a short time? and it was the making of my whole mindset,taught me guitar,art, (jamie reed) and i am missing it.

  9. Winston Smith

    an even better, more exhaustive history of the rise and ceation of the Punk movement is yet another Don Letts film called "Punk:Attitude" amazing film that goes from the beat authors to the MC5 and the Stooges, to Warhol, to the New York Dolls, then CBGB, then the rise of England, followed by the rise of LA and the resurgance of New York in the early 80's. easily the most accurate film in terms of chronology, influences on the early punks, and what motivated them (often the prospect of stardome - to the chagrin of many modern young revisionists of the early Punk mindset, who were of course not there to experience it first hand). Anyway, just thought folks would enjoy soething a little more all encompassing!

  10. Scott Hicks

    As a kid I used to go see this at the midnight movies in North Seattle ...I lived thru the whole Seattle Scene (another story..or many..). I finally got to see the Sex Pistols at Bumbershoot in Seattle several years ago at thier reunion...God I am old...
    This Movie is cool history. This site is Great...PS, if you really like music check out Hendrix at Woodstock,Super Cool..
    Thanks Top Documentary Films....

  11. Robert King

    In my humble opinion and with the risk of sounding too old and jaded, I believe that great creative movements in Rock like the emergence of Punk are unfortunately a thing of the past. I say this because it seems that such influential and
    essentially, at least at the start, pure untainted by commercial interests, completely do it yourself musical creativity on such a large scale begins with small "scenes" like London in '76-'77.
    It would be very hard now for such a scene to actually have the germination time needed for it to attain the critical mass that would give it the momentum to explode into a larger movement now. To actually obtain the needed time for this, "scenes" should be able to have a certain degree of isolation both physical (geographical) and in terms of a certain distance from the mainstream media. This is what precisely would be next to impossible to obtain in
    todays media landscape. Especially given the rise of the
    internet, social media, etc. What I really consider to be
    one of the last pervasive movements in rock and roll, "Grunge" or the Seattle scene happened, because a relatively small isolated DIY scene was allowed to develop on its own for a number of years, untouched and uncorrupted by the corporate music industry. Once the commercial interests took over the scene was over. But maybe that's the
    whole point isn't it that it's really about real people making real music. Maybe there's still hope in that.

  12. Bilian lona

    This documentary is unique and remind me with my friends who is a big fan of sid vicious.