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Punk's Not Dead takes you into the sweaty underground clubs, backyard parties, recording studios, and yes, shopping malls and stadium shows where punk rock music and culture continue to thrive. Thirty years after bands like the Ramones and the Sex Pistols infamously shocked the system with their hard, fast, status-quo-killing rock, the longest-running punk band in history is drawing bigger crowds than ever, “pop-punk” bands have found success on MTV, and kids too young to drive are forming bands that carry the torch for punk's raw, immediate sound. Meanwhile, “punk” has become a marketing concept to sell everything from cars to vodka, and dyed hair and piercings mark a rite of passage for thousands of kids. Can the true, nonconformist punk spirit still exist in today's corporatized culture? Featuring interviews, performances, and behind-the-scenes journeys with the bands, labels, fans, and press who keep punk alive, Punk's Not Dead dares to juxtapose pop-punk's music and lifestyle against the roots in the '70s and '80s, resulting in unexpected revelations. A DIY search for the soul of a subculture and a celebration of all things loud, fast, and spiked, Punk's Not Dead shows punk is stronger and more relevant today than it's ever been.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 20
- Fresh: 18
- Rotten: 2
- Average Rating: 7.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Pacy, broad-based overview of the punk rock scene from 1977 to present packages a who's who of luminaries and rare performance clips into a vibrant proof-of-life statement underpinned by keen analysis of sociopolitical issues.
Fresh: About as in-your-face and raggedy as its subject, Dynner's film is really less of a history than a psychological profile, rooting around for the meat of what makes punk so resilient, cross-generational and communal.
Fresh: Susan Dynner's documentary about the past 30 years of punk music doesn't exactly break any new ground. But it does offer an entertaining overview that is leavened with humorous philosophical digressions.
Fresh: [It's] a documentary that's more about the enduring lifestyle of basement shows, crust-punk houses, and aging rebels than the music. And that can be fascinating stuff.
alright the guy who said "punk should be listened to by everyone" should come preach at our school because everyone at our school is in to pop
Punk's Not Dead...it sure smells though
This movie is raw and right and drives forward with wall to wall punk rock. A great doc by any standard.
Not The End
When I saw this, I was thrilled that they gave more than one view on a lot of the subjects and ideas of the punk scene. I watched it because I am very interested in the culture, and it really gave a lot of insight. It's inspiring and really brings respect to a different kind of music and attitude, and I would recomend it to anyone. Punks NOT dead.