Top Ten Punk Rock DocumentariesListing the best documentaries on punk rock music and subculture.
The Top Ten
Director: Penelope Spheeris
Bands Featured: Black Flag, The Germs, The Bags, Circle Jerks, X, Fear, Catholic Disciple.
This film covers the Los Angeles punk scene and lifestyle in 1979 and 1980.
Director: David Markey
Bands Featured: Wasted Youth, Black Flag, Circle One, T.S.O.L., Circle Jerks, Fear, Red Cross, Symbol Six, Cheifs, Sin 34.
Documents the Southern California punk scene during the early 80's featuring live performances, interviews and the daily lives of many punk bands and their members.
Director: Jonathan W.C. Mills
Bands Featured: T.S.O.L., The Vandals, Circle Jerks, Black Flag, Iggy Pop, Dead Kennedys, The Ramones, Descendents, Adolescents and more.
Documentary about the Cuckoos Nest; a world famous (in the punk rock world at least) venue in Costa Mesa, California. It's actually just an updated version of the 1981 documentary Urban Struggle.
Director: Adam Small, Peter Stuart
Bands Featured: Social Distortion, Youth Brigade, Minor Threat.
This films follows Social Distortion and Youth Brigade on tour featuring road trip footage and live performances. They meet up with Minor Threat while in D.C.
Director: Paul Rachman
Bands Featured: Middle Class, Black Flag, Bad Brains, D.O.A., Adolescents, Circle Jerks, M.D.C., T.S.O.L., Void, Gang Green, Jerry's Kids, D.R.I., Articles of Faith, and many more.
This documentary shows the birth and evolution of Hardcore Punk Rock from 1978 - 1986.
Director: Don Letts
Bands Featured: Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Slits, Johnny Thunder and the Heartbreakers, X-Ray Spex, Generation X, Siouxsie and the Banshees and more.
Super 8 footage shot by Roxy's disc jockey Don Letts of punk bands performing at the Roxy in London 1977.
Director: Joe Losurdo, Christina Tillman
Bands Featured: Big Black, Articles of Faith, Naked Raygun, The Effigies, Strike Under, Subverts, Mentally Ill and more.
This film documents the Chicago punk scene from 1977 - 1984.
Director: Lech Kowalski
Bands Featured: Sex Pistols, The Dead Boys, Sham 69, X-Ray Spex, Generation X, and The Rich Kids.
Features interviews and concert footage of some of Punk's earliest bands from the mid-late 70's.
Director: Maggi Carson, Julilusz Kossakowski, Ric Shore
Bands Featured: The Ramones, The Dead Boys, Richard Hell and the Voidoids
Documents the punk explosion at CBGB's in 1977 New York.
Director: Todd Phillips
Bands Featured: GG Allin and the Murder Junkies
I'm not that much of a GG fan but if you want to see what a psychopath he was this is the one to watch. This film shows him defecating on stage and eating it, throwing feces at his audience, attacking his fans and band mates, chasing his whole audience out of the venue, a woman urinating in his mouth for his birthday, and him doing a "spoken word" at a college in which he walks in front of the class wearing nothing but a jock strap. He stands there silently and starts peeling a banana. He then shoves the peeled banana in his butt and asked the students, "You guys hungry? " and then throws chunks of the butt banana at the students.
Showcases the transformation of 90's punkers after their respective career success, messing around, going against all odds, to become fathers.