SHELLSHOCK ROCK – Irish 70s Punk Documentary, Out On DVD in Japan
A punk rock documentary covering the early scene in Belfast, Ireland is apparently being released on DVD in Japan by MOBSPROOF, a recent punk magazine which kinda replacing the old and dead DOLL magazine of yore.
The video of the documentary itself is actually available on YouTube since January this year. You could watch the whole almost 50 minutes of it below:
Here’s a great write-up on the film by Shaun C. Green on his Nostalgia For Infinity blog:
“Shellshock Rock is a punk rock documentary with an interesting history and provenance. Shot between 1978 and 1979, it’s a surprisingly affectionate record of the Belfast punk scene of the time. Now, it’s tricky for me to talk about this era with any degree of authenticity as I wasn’t born until ’82, but everything I’ve read or watched about the period suggests to me that punk rock was not taken seriously or treated with much respect by anyone who could be considered part of the British establishment of the time. This, of course, included people working in TV. Ian Glasper’s Burning Britain memorably features one early 80s UK punk band talking about a TV crew coming to do a piece on them. The crew asked the band to pose for a few shots and look as dangerous as possible, tried to provoke them into saying outrageous things and talking about their glue habits, and didn’t attempt to ask what the band or its members actually thought or cared about. Essentially, punk rock was regarded as a zoo to be approached with a sort of derisive fear.”
Read more here: http://www.nostalgiaforinfinity.com/2012/02/shellshock-rock-humanistic-record-7879-belfast-punk-scene/
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