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not bad at all
|Posted on:|| 12 Aug 2007|| |
The documentary was actually quite good. The Ramones photo Mr. Suggs mentioned above was not only inaccurate but somewhat misleading, as the film covers many cultural and political issues of that particular year, starting with the Son of Sam murders and the mayoral elections (following these two stories throughout the film to their conclusions), and quickly moving on to the births of hip-hop and punk rock.
Richard's interviews were brief, but excellent; in Part I, he spoke of the early days of CBGB and later about the recording of Blank Generation (Richard Gottehrer of Sire Records also had some really lovely things to say about the promise of that record and of Richard as a star). Other interviews include Tommy Ramone, Legs McNeil, Bob Gruen, Seymour Stein, Arturo Vega, and Chris Stein.
The documentary also covers topics such as Times Square as a center for prostitution, Paradise Garage disco and the increased visibility of gay people, and the 1977 blackout and subsequent riots. I definitely recommend trying to see it, unfortunately it looks as if it's only showing once more, this Wednesday at 12 a.m.
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