Sunday, June 15, 2008

And Now Back to Our Regularly Scheduled Programming

Ok, enough twaddle about mainstream rock acts of the ‘70s. Let’s get back to business.

The annual Don't Knock the Rock Film and Music Festival features rock-themed videos and films. Curated by director Allison Anders (Gas, Food, Lodging, Sugar Town, episodes of Sex and the City) and hosted by Michael Des Barres (Pamela’s ex). The festival takes place this year at L.A.’s Silent Movie Theater during July and August, with opening and closing events at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. This year’s films include:

You Weren't There - Chicago Punk 1977-84
Traces the history of Chicago punk rock, with clips of bands like Naked Raygun, the Effigies, Big Black, Articles of Faith and DV8. The Chitown punk scene also spawned La Mere Vipere, the country’s first punk dance club. It burned down suspiciously in April 1978 after incurring the wrath of neighbors and local cops. If you think the “establishment” in L.A. didn’t like punks in the late ‘70s, the atmosphere in Chicago was much worse. It was like aliens had landed in their midst.

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