You Weren’t There: A History Of Chicago Punk 1977-1984 recalls the impact of the
Punk movement on the Windy City. Though often overlooked in the annals of rock history, Chicago served as a pivotal early supporter of this burgeoning and controversial scene. Chicago punk could be violent and unsavory at times but was always tempered with large doses of humor, art and intelligence.
You Weren’t There takes you from what is now considered to be the first Punk dance club in America (La Mere Vipere), to proto-hardcore clubs (Oz, O’Banions) and even an
all-ages DIY scene (Centro-Am Hall). Chicagoans made sure that there were outlets for this genre that was often blacklisted by the mainstream local live music scene. This small, dedicated movement endured harassment from the Police, City Hall, Neo-Nazis, and even the audience, while having to make uneasy alliances with the ever-present criminal underworld. You Weren’t There features the DJs, musicians, promoters, artists and fans who were instrumental in creating the Chicago punk sound. Classic archival footage features pioneering Chicago punk bands including: Naked Raygun, the Effigies, Strike Under, Big Black, Articles Of Faith as well as lesser known greats Silver Abuse, Mentally Ill, Subverts, Negative Element and many more.
You Weren’t There is an engaging and entertaining glimpse into the creation, history and characters in a one-of-a-kind American underground music scene.
Featuring: Naked Raygun, the Effigies, Strike Under, Big Black, Articles Of Faith, Silver Abuse, Mentally Ill, Subverts, Negative Element, Tutu & the Pirates, DA, Rights of the Accused, Savage Beliefs, End Result and more.
The early days of Chicago metal needed documentation - so here it is!
Regressive Films is proud to announce our upcoming documentary on the 80’s Chicago Metal Scene entitled “Leather, Speed, and Doom” Featuring interviews and archival footage from such legends as Zoetrope, Trouble, Znowhite, Master, Mayhem, Assault and more! We’re still in Production stage, so let us know if you have any videos, photos, fliers, recordings from this era and scene you’d like to contribute. Hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org. Trailer to come soon!
A story about music and racism in America. Darryl Jones, is a extraordinary American musician and activist. Currently the bass player with the Rolling Stones, in this documentary Darryl tells his story with the help of childhood friends, music journalists and some of rock’s biggest names. It's an amazing tale that recounts Jones’s formative years in Chicago and takes you through his many global musical tours with legendary performers such as Miles Davis, Sting, Madonna, as well as talking about his career with the Rolling Stones.
Featuring: Darryl Jones, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ron Wood and many more!
Directed by Eric Hamburg,
Produced by Eric Hamburg and Joe Losurdo
Eric Hamburg / United States / 90 Minutes / English Language
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Sacrificial Youth is a Hardcore Punk musical that tells the story of TJ, a teenager caught at the crossroads of Good and Evil. When a multi-national corporation hatches an evil plot of biblical proportions to destroy The Scene, TJ is forced to accept his fate as the chosen one to stand up and fight back. Written & Directed by Joe Losurdo. The original award winning soundtrack features members of legendary Punk bands Tutu & the Pirates, Mentally Ill, Strike Under, Life Sentence, Rights Of The Accused, and many others.
"It's Broadway-meets-Bowery (circa 1981-90) song hybrids simultaneously pay homage to hardcore as an enduring multigenerational phenomenon. Consider it a camping of the punk rock experience with a self-consciously B sci-fi/horror vibe added for effect. If you don't get it, fuck you!"
Nathaniel Lee, Art Forum
"Shifting heedlessly between genres from scene to scene, anything from rock-opera fantasy to psychological horror. But beneath all the chaos lies a serious examination of subcultures both how they function and how they're compromised. The vibrant colors and incongruous imagery would make Busby Berkeley blush."
Drew Hunt, Chicago Reader