Nightclubbing: Downtown New York, 1975-80

Dead Kennedys, Offs & Suicide

Feb 11 2017
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San Francisco punk icons, the Dead Kennedys and the Offs, disrupt the nightclubbing scene with their debut appearance in New York City. The film captures the Dead Kennedys at Hurrah’s in 1979. The Offs rocked the downtown scene with a riveting blend of punk and ska. Witness the electrifying sets.

Suicide, one of the most influential and groundbreaking New York bands, was composed of the post-punk duo Alan Vega and Martin Rev. Their stripped-down, harsh electronic sound dispensed with guitars, laid the groundwork for many of the noise, industrial, and drum&bass bands to come.  Don’t miss never before seen footage recorded at Danceteria, with the band at the height of their power. (1979-80, approx. 80 min, digital)

About the series
Unreleased and unavailable anywhere else!

Nightclubbing: Downtown New York 1975-80

Nightclubbing: Downtown New York 1975-80, relive it in all its glory in this four-film series. Rekindle your appreciation for the punk and alternative music scene raging at New York clubs in the late 1970s. The heart pumping scenes captured in archived films and interviews with the in-crowd reveal just how this subculture made its mark evolving music, fashion, and attitude. Don’t miss film archivists Pat Ivers and Emily Armstrong in person, the women behind the collection, live at each screening.

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