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Punk On Film

Editor: Chris Barber & Jack Sargeant
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Format: Paperback
Size: 174mm x 246mm
Page Count: 256
ISBN-13: 9781900486590
Weight (g): 500
Genre: Music

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Punk has been analyzed as social phenomena, as musical renaissance, as youth subculture and even as an economic force. But never in relation to film.

NO FOCUS takes a journey through punk on celluloid, from The Great Rock'n'Roll Swindle to Jubilee from The Blank Generation to Ladies And Gentlemen The Fabulous Stains. Featured directors include Don Letts, Penelope Spheeris, Julian Temple, Amos Poe, Derek Jarman and Billy Childish — rogue visionaries who picked up a camera in response to punk.

NO FOCUS also examines the films that punk audiences watched, films that reflected punk attitudes, and punksploitation movies that saw studios trying to turn a quick buck from sneering subculture.

NO FOCUS has contributions from Alice Banned, Chris Barber, Mark Hejnar, Tessa Hughes-Freeland, Richard King, David McGillivray, Neil Palmer, Grant Pettitt, Jack Sargeant, Lance Sinclair and Stephen Thrower

Includes sections on Sex Pistols, Crass and the Clash, as well as US new wave bands like Talking Heads

The birth of music videos, and the work of directors like Derek Jarman, Alex Cox, Don Letts and Julian Temple


Polemics: Punk cinema – like punk rock – is ANTI-GENRE!
Chris Barber

Twenty-Five Years On: Julien Temple and The Great Rock’n’Roll Swindle
David McGillivray

The Filth and the Fury… Sid and Nancy…Alex Cox directs…
Chris Barber

The Clash and Cinema
Chris Barber

No Future Now: Derek Jarman
Chris Barber

The Angelic Conversation (1985)
Stephen Thrower

Derek Jarman Directs Imagining October and The Last of England
Chris Barber

Downtown Upheaval: NYC 1975: An Interview with Amos Poe
Jack Sargeant

Crass – Anarchism in the UK
Alice Banned aka Gavin Mitchell

Klub Feet, Koncerts, Kameras And Kwiffs!
Richard King

Punk Must Be Humiliated So That It May Survive. Three Movies by Penelope Spheeris
Lance Sinclair

The Next Decline: A Conversation with Penelope Spheeris about The Decline of the Western Civilization Part III
Mark Hejnar

The Boys Next Door (1986)
Grant Pettitt

What do we love, What do we hate, What do we love to hate and what do we hate to love?
Tessa Hughes-Freeland

Levity and Mystery: an introduction to the films of Billy Childish
Neil Palmer

Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense (1984)
Chris Barber

You Got Bad Taste
Chris Barber

Pissing in the Kitchen Sink
Chris Barber

Chris Barber

The disappearance and re-emergence of Ladies and Gentlemen: The Fabulous Stains
Neil Palmer

Paying Witness
Jack Sargeant

Wild Youth: Streetwise Punks & Street Gangs, Wasted Youth & Teenage Delinquents, Kids With Attitude…Hanging out in your local cinema!
Chris Barber

Critical Reaction

“The DIY media spark may be the most important tool punk has given the world. Not just for music but magazines, web culture, and, from the beginning, film. Now it's your turn!”
Jello Biafra

“A lively, detailed and highly informative collection.”
The Art Book