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Smells Like About Time: ‘The Year Punk Broke’ Finally Coming to DVD


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The greatest rock documentary of the 1990s is finally coming to DVD -- 1991: The Year Punk Broke, the Dave Markey film that followed Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr. and a verge-of-stardom Nirvana backstage and onstage during a European tour, will be reissued this coming autumn to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the trek. The film candidly captures Kurt Cobain clowning around and just genuinely excited to be touring with Sonic Youth in the days right before "Smells Like Teen Spirit" exploded. The Ramones, Babes of Toyland, Mudhoney, and more titans of alternative rock also appear throughout the film.

The timing of the 1991 reissue is perfect because the magnetic tape on our VHS copy was starting to wear dangerously thin. In fact, our video copy of 1991 is one of the main reasons we still own a VCR player. The 1991 reissue will be accompanied by a 42-minute film called (This Is Known As) The Blues Scale that features additional offstage footage plus live performances of Nirvana playing "In Bloom" and Sonic Youth doing a handful of tracks. Also cool, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and director Markey will provide an audio commentary for the film. Check out the We Got Power Film site for some clips from (This Is Known As) The Blues Scale and to keep an eye out for the release date.

The film's freestyle opening:

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