The Punk Rock Movie vis-à-vis The Young Ones

A return to the birth of punk rock and the mainstream recognition of a subculture.

This month’s rendition of vis-à-vis pairs two highly-charged pieces from the UK— Don Letts’ 1978 documentary film, The Punk Rock Movie with BBC2’s TV sitcom, The Young Ones.

A precursor to Letts’ Grammy winning documentary film, The Clash: Westway to the World, The Punk Rock Film, rawly assembles super 8 footage shot while working at the Roxy Club in London in 1977. Letts instinctually captures punk rock history in the making. Features live footage of The Clash, Sex Pistols, Siouxsie and the Banshees, X-Ray Spex, Generation X and more!

As this musical revolution was brewing, so began the manifestation of this youthful angst in other corners of society including the comedy world. The Young Ones, a British sitcom that aired in the UK from 1982-1984 stars Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson, Nigel Planer and Christoper Ryan as an anarchist, punk rocker, hippie, and “cool guy” figuring out college life and breaking all the rules… and lots of furniture.

VIS-À-VIS is an ongoing program curated by Brenda Contreras and Navid Sinaki that pairs narrative works to present the dialogues and deviations when seemingly disparate styles are placed side by side and face to face.

Doors open at 7:30 pm

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