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CAMP PUNK IN DRUBLIC: Rancid, NOFX and Pennywise To Headline Inaugural Event!

CAMP PUNK IN DRUBLIC: Rancid, NOFX and Pennywise To Headline Inaugural Event!

Summer is right around the corner, and with it comes the debut of Camp Punk In Drublic! Created from the mind and liver of NOFX’s frontman Fat Mike, this one-of-a-kind destination event has punk music lovers and craft beer enthusiasts rejoicing. As the only punk rock campout in the country, Camp Punk In Drublic will feature performances by NOFX, Rancid, Pennywise, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, and more, along with a weekend of craft beer tastings (available for purchase), campfire stories from punk legends, and a slew of attractions including Fatty’s Midnite Matinee late night movie theater, carnival games, and much more. Located right outside of Columbus, OH, Camp Punk In Drublic will take over Legend Valley in Thornville, OH on Friday, June 1 (Friday Kickoff Party), Saturday, June 2, and Sunday, June 3, wrapping up the first leg of the national Punk In Drublic festival tour with a once-in-a-lifetime experience for punk rock and craft beer fans.

A limited quantity of Early Bird tickets for Camp Punk In Drublic Camping, Craft Beer & Music Festival go on sale Friday, March 30 at 10:00 AM ET atwww.PunkInDrublicFest.com/camp. Specially priced Weekend Festival Admission passes will be available for only $50 (plus fees) while supplies last on Friday, March 30 from 10:00 AM ET through 11:59 PM ET. Additionally, the Friday Night Kickoff Party is FREE for up to 4 campers with each tent or RV camping purchase, or non-camping attendees can purchase an Early Bird Friday Kickoff Party Pass in advance for $19 (plus fees) or for $40 at the door.

NOFX’s Fat Mike explains, “The thing about camping is that really nothing can go wrong, because everything is already wrong. Punk rockers don’t really know how to camp. They know how to wear hoodies, drink, and lean on each other. The good thing is that we got a lot of generators and an unlimited supply of kegs (some are even full of beer). Hey Coachella and Bonnaroo and Burning Man…Watch what happens at CAMP Punk In Drublic. I can almost guarantee that our festival is gonna be way lamer and stupider than yours…That’s the point!…Well, I think that’s the point. Wait, punk rock doesn’t have a point?

Let me be clear: A rabbi, a priest and a few thousand punk rockers go camping in Ohio…Sorry, no punchline. But there will be 17 great bands, 2 mediocre bands, and 5,000 kegs of beer. What could possibly go wrong?”

Rancid’s Tim Armstrong says, “Fat Mike gathered up some of my favorite bands and people to hang out in the middle of Ohio. Rancid can’t wait to be a part of the first Camp Punk In Drublic. We’re looking forward to telling stories around the campfire with you guys!”

Pennywise’s Fletcher Dragge adds, “Wait, I get to run amok with a bunch of drunk punk rockers into the wee hours of the night? Have you ever seen a 300 lb man do a belly flop on a pup tent? Well you will…game on! People who are insane enough to stay through the night better get their troops together…me and Fatty are coming for you!!”

The current daily band lineup for Camp Punk In Drublic is as follows:

Friday, June 1 (Kickoff Party): Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, and Guttermouth, followed by Campfire Stories with Fat Mike and NOFX. 

Saturday, June 2: NOFX, Pennywise, Goldfinger, Strung Out, Mad Caddies, Face To Face and Bad Cop / Bad Cop, followed by Campfire Stories with Keith Morris, Jello Biafra and friends.

Sunday, June 3: Rancid, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Sick Of It All, Lagwagon, The Bouncing Souls, Street Dogs, The Interrupters

Don’t expect things to die down once the music is done; this party goes well into the night! The venue will be open from 7:00 PM to 2:00 AM on Friday, June 1, 12:00 PM to 2:00 AM on Saturday, June 2, and 12:00 PM to Midnight on Sunday, June 3, and will be jam packed with all types of activities. Campers, get ready to check out the But Wait, There’s More festival attractions and march your lazy asses across the festival to Way The F*ck Over There for even more debauchery.

Way The F*ck Over There is home to:

  • “The Brews”: What most of you are here for… A massive craft beer sampling area offering tastings from local and national breweries with more than 200 craft beers to choose from (must have Tasting Pass and be at least 21).

  • Campfire Stories from the Road:featuring some of the most horrific and hilarious tales from the likes of NOFX, Jello Biafra, Keith Morris, and a sh*t ton more. Campfire venue opens at 11:45 PM to after 1:00 AM on Friday and Saturday nights. The crowd will get to ask Fat Mike why he prefers dresses over jeans and such. Think a punk rock version of Inside The Actors Studio around a campfire in the beautiful hills of Ohio ‘til the wee hours of the morning.
  • Flea’s Market: Full of stuff you probably don’t need but know you will want.
  • THE UnFAIR is where the freaks are unleashed. Come play games of chance to win a teddy bear that will probably end up in a box in your garage, or watch a guy pierce his eyeball. THE UnFAIR boasts our spin on our summer camp favorites like Dunk the Punk tank, Postcards From The Edgewhere you can send postcards back home, and big ass lawn games.
  • The Dodgeball Arena that will host Fans Against the Bands dodgeball gamesand tug o’ war…don’t forget your sweatbands for these epic battles, as well as other games (including a massive tug o’ war against your friends if you have any).
  • Plus Eat at Joe’s, a late night food hall with artery clogging gut bombs, where the only thing organic and gluten free is the sh*tty paper plate you eat it on.
  • Craft Beer Summer School: Enjoy craft beer seminars and talks from top brewers and industry experts at the BEER EDU stage.

At the top of the festival grounds is:

  • Fatty’s Midnite Matinee: Which lights up after hours, and is where you can go to chill the F out. Pull up a thrift shop sofa or a blanket and watch punk rock movie favorites until the wee hours on a giant movie screen. Our cheap asses even added surround sound.

Attendees 21+ with festival tickets can purchase a Saturday or Sunday craft beer Tasting Pass in advance for only $17.50 (plus fees). The Tasting Pass will allow entry into The Brews, where during the tasting, attendees can enjoy 15 3 oz. craft beer tastes, choosing from over 200 craft beers from dozens of top breweries. Some of the participating breweries include Stone Brewing, BrewDog, Lord Hobo Brewing, Great Lakes Brewing, MadTree Brewing, Avery Brewing, plus many more local and national breweries.

In 2017, Fat Mike teamed up with craft beer pioneers Stone Brewing to brew their very own limited release Stone & NOFX Punk in Drublic Hoppy Lager for the debut of the Punk In Drublic festival. This marked the first time ever that Stone had worked with a musician for a can release. The lager sold out quickly in 2017, and now 2018 marks the first time that Stone will re-release a specialty beer with a musician. Stone & NOFX Punk in Drublic Hoppy Lager will be available at Camp Punk In Drublic, in California, in this year’s Punk In Drublic concert states, and select surrounding areas. Use the Stone Brewing beer finder to search specific locations: https://find.stonebrewing.com.

Early Bird General Admission tickets, V.U.P. ticket packages, and camping options for Camp Punk In Drublic will be available for purchase Friday, March 30 at 10:00 AM ET, starting at the following prices (plus fees). All tickets include access to view the music stage, and the Tasting Pass includes access to craft beer tastings (for attendees 21 years or older). Layaway plans are also available. Visit www.PunkInDrublicFest.com/camp for details on all ticket and camping packages.

Limited Early Bird Weekend Admission (June 2 & 3)

Weekend Festival Admission Passes $50.00 (increases to $75 at midnight on Friday, March 30)
Very Unimportant Person Lounge + Tasting Pass $249.50


Limited Early Bird Saturday (June 2) or Sunday (June 3) One-Day Admission

General Admission $39.50
Very Unimportant Person Lounge + Tasting Pass $129.50

Note: Service, processing and facility fees are in addition to the price of each camping and admission ticket.

Very Unimportant Person Tickets include: one V.U.P. admission ticket to Camp Punk In Drublic, a dedicated V.U.P. entry lane into venue, and one hour early entry for craft beer tastings (for those 21+), starting at 12:00 PM. V.U.P. ticketholders also receive access to the Very Unimportant Person Lounge, with:

– “Better than average” view of the stage

– Exclusive craft beer tastings

– V.U.P. cash bar

– Private restrooms

– Comfortable areas to sit, relax, and chill

– Additional food available for purchase

50 cents from every festival ticket purchased will be donated to local Thornville, Ohio charities.

Weekend (Friday – Monday) camping add ons start at $99.50 (plus fees) for Tent Camping (for up to 4 people) and $199.50 (plus fees) for dry RV Camping (for up to 4 people). All camping options are for Friday, June 1 through Monday, June 4 and do not include admission to the festival unless otherwise noted. (Festival tickets must be purchased prior to camping passes.) Each camping purchase includes a Friday Kickoff Party Pass for up to four campers. Non-campers may purchase add-on Friday Kickoff Party Passes to attend the Friday Night Kickoff Party for $19 (plus fees) in advance or for $40 at the door.

Fat Mike has again joined forces with premier music festival production company (and producers of award-winning breakout festival Lost Lands) Synergy Global Entertainment (SGE), and respected craft beer event production powerhouse Brew Ha Ha Productions for the festival.

Camp Punk In Drublic partners include: Stone Brewing, Rockstar Energy Drink, and more.

Legend Valley is a historic outdoor concert venue and campground that has been hosting music festivals and athletic events since the 1970s, including the award-winning four day camping festival Lost Lands. Legend Valley is located at 7585 Kindle Rd, just off I-170 on Route 13 in Thornville, Ohio. The venue is located about 25 miles east of downtown Columbus, OH, just a short drive from many parts of the Midwest. John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH) is also easily accessible for those traveling from other parts of the U.S. and the world.

For more information on Camp Punk In Drublic, visit:

Website: www.PunkInDrublicFest.com/camp

Facebook: @PunkInDrublicFestival

Instagram: @PunkInDrublicFestival

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Wilmington, Rock City: A Night with Less Than Jake!

Wilmington, Rock City: A Night with Less Than Jake!

What’s that? A show in Delaware? I’m sure it’s just some pop country act or a novelty one-hit wonder band. No? It’s a lineup filled with a few of the best acts in the current punk/pop punk scene? Get right out of town!

Alright, cheesy intro over. Delaware jokes never get old though. Listen, I’m doing my best not to offend natives of the first state, but let’s be honest, who comes to Delaware? That’s why when I found out one of my all-time favorite bands were playing a show at The Queen in the rarely visited state, I had to go.

Less Than Jake is a band that has ruled the ska punk scene for almost 3 decades! Not only, are they quickly approaching that 30 year mark but they’ve done it whilst still retaining their signature sound and a majority of their original members. Their up tempo, feel good tunes have allowed them to remain in the hearts of many over the years and, by the end of this show, they pretty much solidified themselves as my favorite band…period. So let’s stop screwing around and let’s get into this review.

Its Friday, February 16th. Hell, I’m giving this bonus points for being a show going into the weekend. Too often am I dreading attending a show simply because I have to work the next morning. So yeah, as I pull into the city of Wilmington, the hype level is over 9000. I’m joined by one of my best buddies, Manny Soto, who you might remember from our “Bowling for Soup” review. After getting felt up by security, hey man I understand the need especially in today’s society, we make our way to the barricade and park it.

The venue itself has changed quite a bit since the last show I attended. Five years prior to this night, I had attended a Reel Big Fish show at the formerly “World Café Live”. At this time the venue was almost restaurant first, concert venue second. Tables and chairs took up half of the dancing space; it looked more like a dinner theatre than a venue. That all being said, that show was great so I expected similar results for the show I was now attended. Fast forward 5 years, the venue has changed hands and is now known as The Queen. While the aesthetic remains the same, the tables and chairs are gone.


It’s 7:10 and the first band takes the stage. It’s Bearings, a pop punk band out of Ottawa, Ontario. Let me start off by being 100% honest, this is a band that 5 years ago I would’ve hated. Their sound is more in tune with the modern day “easy core pretending to be pop punk sound” that ruled the Vans Warped Tour in more recent years. That being said, once I took off my bitter glasses, I found a genre that has a lot to offer and I began to appreciate it. Not all pop punk bands need to have that skate punk influence…and that’s okay. If I can get passed it, so can you. Alright, back to Bearings. These dudes completely destroyed the stage and got a crowd full of “old heads” moving! They put out a new EP last year titled “Nothing Here is Permanent”, and I’ve been listening to it nonstop since the show. If these guys come to a venue near you then you need to go see them. They’re a young group of talented musicians and I look forward to what’s up next as they move forward.

Direct Hit

My excitement is building. Anyone that knows me knows how much I love the next band, Direct Hit. Formed in 2007, Direct Hit is a punk band that has gone through multiple changes within the line-up, but retain those fast paced catchy tunes. My first experience with this band is when they released a split with one of my favorite bands, Mixtapes (RIP). Their video for “Werewolf Shame” led to the discovery of one of my current favorite bands that are keeping the scene alive. If you think good punk music is dead, I implore you to check out three bands: Direct Hit, PEARS, and Teenage Bottlerocket. I also swear I’m not a shill for “Far Wreck Chords”, however, I could talk for days about current and past bands on that label. That’s a story for a different time though. Back to the concert, “Fuck you, Get Pumped!” rings out through the crowd and we’re blasted through a roller coaster of fast riffs and the catchiest lyrics in the scene. All members of this band deserve respect and appreciation for continuing to kill it, so I’m just going to list them: Nick Woods (vocalist/guitar), Danny Walkowiak (drums), Devon Kay (guitar/vocals), and Steve Maury (bass/vocals)…I salute you!

Direct Hit


Four Year Strong

Next up is a band that was one of the originators of that “easy core” genre I mentioned above. While that means I should dislike them for influencing the plethora of acts that followed, and masqueraded as “pop punk”, I can’t help but admit that I’ve loved these guys since the beginning. Four Year Strong has remained an unstoppable force in the alternative scene since the release of “Rise or Die Trying” in 2007. On this night, they showed how they’ve held up over the years. The chugs and beards remain, these guys killed it. While I’m a little disappointed we didn’t get to sing along to some of their 90’s cover jams, they played a set that spans their four full length albums. I’ll admit, I bowed out on this band around album 3, “In Some Way, Shape, or Form”. It wasn’t on purpose, I just lost track and found myself listening to other bands. However, if this show made me realize anything, it’s that I need to get back on board with these dudes. Plus, they put out an acoustic record last year that’s totally been my jam since putting it on!

Four Year Strong


Less Than Jake

The main event…a band that was born the same year as I…ladies and gentlemen… LESS THAN JAKE! What more can I honestly say about this band that hasn’t been said before?! They’ve been killing it for over 2 and a half decades, and they show no signs of stopping. With 8 full length records, and a ton of EP’s under their belt, they’re a band that has retained their signature sound while also making slight adjustments to stay fresh. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing these guys twice before, and the show never gets old. They have enough tracks under their belt that, while the main tracks remain intact, the setlist changes each time. While I was a bit disappointed to not hear more tracks from my two favorite records, “Losing Streak” and “Hello Rockview”, it was an eclectic mix that spanned their almost 30 year career. From toilet paper laced leaf blowers to beach balls, these guys know how to keep a crowd engaged. Nothing will ever change, if these guys are in your area, that’s where the party will be. They will continue to be one of my favorite bands of all time.

Less Than Jake

While this tour is just about wrapping up, Less Than Jake is heading out with the boys in Face to Face for a co-headlining spring tour. Be sure to get tickets soon, as shows are already selling out!

About The Writer: 
Dylan Lyles – Staff Writer
The Phenomenal Dylan Lyles is an obsessive fan of cinema, pro wrestling, horror, vinyl, and comic books. Bursting from the womb in 1992, Dylan’s surrounded himself with all things geek culture. Earliest memories include Wrestlemania 11, ‘The Death of Superman,’ and Jason popping out of the water. You may see him sharing his opinion on just about everything on the internet or maybe even working the MonsterMania Con on the east coast. You love him and he loves you!
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IDOL WORSHIP: Three Classic Billy Idol Records To Receive Vinyl Re-Release On November 3rd!

IDOL WORSHIP: Three Classic Billy Idol Records To Receive Vinyl Re-Release On November 3rd!

UMe and punk rock icon Billy Idol celebrate several of his best-loved works with newly remastered vinyl reissues of Idol’s first two solo LPs, Billy Idol and Rebel Yell, plus the expansive double-LP greatest-hits collection Idolize Yourself: The Very Best of Billy Idol. Each release is available beginning November 3rd on high-quality vinyl with faithfully reproduced iconic original album art.

Billy Idol’s series of successes in the early 1980s brought punk attitude into the pop mainstream.  With a career that stretched back to the original British punk scene as the front-man of scene trailblazers Generation X, the swaggering, charismatic Idol relocated to New York City at the dawn of the ’80s and reinvented himself as one of the era’s most consistently popular performers.

Billy Idol, originally released on July 16, 1982, introduced Idol to mainstream American audiences and succeeded in launching his solo career. Teaming Idol with producer Keith Forsey and longtime guitarist/collaborator Steve Stevens, Billy Idol introduced a sleek, streamlined sound and includes hits such as “White Wedding,” and “Hot in the City.”

Originally released on November 10, 1983, the multi-platinum smash Rebel Yell built on the foundation created by its predecessor and features Idol advancing and evolving his dance infused rock/pop sound. Once again working with Stevens and Forsey, with recording done at New York’s Electric Lady Studios, Rebel Yell was a commercial smash featuring songs including the legendary title track, “Eyes Without a Face,” and “Flesh for Fantasy.” Each of these hits are represented by iconic music videos that kept Idol in the public eye during the initial heyday of MTV.

While Billy Idol and Rebel Yell flash back to Idol’s formative days as a solo performer, Idolize Yourself: The Very Best of Billy Idol offers a widescreen overview of his entire storied recording career.  First issued on CD in 2008, the 18-song Idolize Yourself features all of Idol’s vintage hits including his early club smashes “Dancing with Myself” and “Mony Mony,” plus “Cradle of Love,” “Rebel Yell,” “White Wedding,” “Eyes Without A Face,” “Flesh For Fantasy,” “Sweet Sixteen,” “To Be A Lover,” and more. The record concludes with two songs newly recorded just for this collection’s initial release: “John Wayne” and “New Future Weapon.”

Each of Billy Idol’s recordings retain their original power. despite many of them having been released over thirty years ago. There is no better way to hear them than on these classic albums, newly released on high-quality vinyl.

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Fat Mike Presents “Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival”: Music Lineup Announced

Fat Mike Presents “Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival”: Music Lineup Announced

The music lineups for Fat Mike Presents Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival in Concord and Sacramento, CA have been announced. The Saturday, October 14 show at Concord Pavilion in Concord and the Sunday, October 15 show at Papa Murphy’s Park in Sacramento will feature performances from co-headliners NOFX and Flogging Molly, along with Goldfinger, Less Than Jake, Bad Cop / Bad Cop, Get Dead, and more.

Tickets for the Concord and Sacramento festival dates go on sale Friday, August 11 at 10:00 AM PTat www.PunkInDrublicFest.com.

Both shows are open to those 21 years old and up, and include at least 3 hours of unlimited craft beer tastings with over 100 craft beers, including some of the West Coast’s best and local favorites, plus access to watch the music stage. VIP tickets include 4 hours of tastings.

Tickets for the October 14 Concord show start at $39 + fees for General Admission and $99 + fees for VIP. Tickets for the October 15 Sacramento show start at $29 + fees for General Admission and $99 + fees for VIP, with multiple VIP and Early Entry ticket options.

Created from the mind and liver of NOFX‘s frontman Fat Mike, the Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival will debut in the Western U.S. this fall with five special events featuring the best in punk rock music and regional craft beer.

Named for NOFX’s classic Punk In Drublic album, which has sold over one million copies, Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival launches September 16 in Tacoma, WA, with stops in Boise, ID, Concord, CA, Sacramento, CA, and Huntington Beach, CA. NOFX will co-headline each date of Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival, with music lineups varying slightly by market.

As previously announced, Fat Mike has joined forces with premier music event producer/promoter Synergy Global Entertainment and respected craft beer event production powerhouse Brew Ha Ha Productions for the festival. In addition, to celebrate Punk In Drublic, Fat Mike teamed up with craft beer pioneers Stone Brewing to brew their very own Stone & NOFX Punk in Drublic Hoppy Lager, which will be available in cans only in the festival markets. This collaboration is a huge show of support by Stone, as it marks the first time ever that Stone has worked with a musician for a can release.They’ve even included the festival tour dates on the back of each can. This is a first-of-its-kind level of commitment from a brewery partner for a festival tour.

Catch the Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival “stumbling through a town near you”:

Saturday, September 16 – Tacoma, WA – America’s Car Museum (on sale now)

Sunday, September 17 – Boise, ID – Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater (on sale now)

Saturday, October 14 – Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion (on sale Friday, August 11)

Sunday, October 15 – Sacramento, CA – Papa Murphy’s Park (on sale Friday, August 11)

Saturday, October 28 – Huntington Beach, CA – Punk ‘N Brew at Bolsa Chica State Park (on sale Friday, September 1)

Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival is pleased to welcome Rockstar Energy Drink, Wienerschnitzel, Stone Brewing and Cosmic Fog as sponsors and supporters in its inaugural year. Sponsor activations vary by market.

Look for details on the other Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival shows in the coming weeks. Visit www.PunkInDrublicFest.com for more information.

Website: www.PunkInDrublicFest.com

Facebook: @PunkInDrublicFestival

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Corbett Redford On The Making of ‘Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk’

Corbett Redford On The Making of ‘Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk’

Corbett Redford, director of a new documentary film about punk rock in the East Bay and the band Green Day, is photographed outside the 924 Gilman punk music venue in Berkeley, CA. (Photo by Kristopher Skinner)

With over two decades of experience in the creative arts, ‘Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk’ is Corbett Redford’s first foray into the world of documentary filmmaking. In 1995, Corbett co-founded the satire-based, folk-punk band Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits. Over the next 20 years with that band, he played thousands of shows, co-wrote and recorded over 100 songs, produced 15 music videos and co-wrote two books. Redford’s band found a home performing at the 924 Gilman collective in Berkeley and also volunteered at that venue for many years. His deep interest and involvement in the local music community of California’s East Bay area led Corbett to be chosen by executive producers Green Day to helm directing and producing duties for the documentary ‘Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk’. Because of this project, Redford co-founded a film production company, Capodezero Films, with his longtime creative collaborator Anthony Marchitiello. After 3 years of production, Corbett is excited to share this documentary in hopes that those who watch it might be reminded of the importance of inclusion and community in a world that seems to be growing more fragmented and exclusive by the day.

‘Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk’ explores Northern California’s pivotal role in evolution of punk rock – the loud, intense and anti-authoritarian philosophy of music and politics that arose in the late 1970s. Early San Francisco Bay Area punk pioneers like Dead Kennedys, Avengers and Flipper as well as the Maximum Rocknroll fanzine helped take the punk underground global. As the once-vibrant local scene became wrought with violence, corruption and racism, punks over the bridge in the East Bay responded by creating a fun and inclusive style of punk that also carried on the region’s tradition of radical thought. Banding together around Berkeley’s all- volunteer 924 Gilman Club, this diverse collective of misfits created a do-it-yourself, no-spectators’ petri dish for art & music that changed the Bay Area punk scene… and the world at large. Today, we know about some of the bands who emerged from this scene, like Green Day and Rancid, but their success is just the tip of the iceberg; the roots of this inspiring story go deep into the underground. Narrated by Iggy Pop and executive produced by Green Day, ‘Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk’ is told by the people who were there. The story of East Bay punk rock unfolds from its unlikely beginnings, continues through its struggles, and triumphs with its raucous power continuing to be influential today.

Json Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with director Corbett Redford to discuss his passion for the punk scene in East Bay, the challenges of bringing ‘Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk’ to the screen and the impact the scene and making the film had on him creatively.

You have had a truly unique career path. How did you go from being focused on music to taking on an ambitious documentary?

I’ve been in a band on and off for 20 years. I started a band because it was a way to tell stories. Not to discredit anybody who has gone to school to make film or anyone who has had a career in it for a long time, but with my band, I had produced and directed a few music videos and, to me, a documentary was another way to tell a story. However daunting it was, I wasn’t really afraid of taking it on. In many aspects, you might be able to tell that I’m a first time documentary filmmaker, but I think it was an easy transition because both music and film are ways to convey stories.

‘Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk’ is an amazing film. How did the ball get rolling initially?

Green Day had the idea for many years, to do a documentary about their early days. It would include some of the bands like Neurosis, Operation Ivy, Rancid and Jawbreaker, who were bands who came out of the scene. Billie [Joe Armstrong] was thinking about getting it rolling and he asked me if I could find some footage of Green Day before 1994, when ‘Dookie’ hit big. I went out and found a whole bunch of footage and brought it back to him. He said, “This is fantastic! Thank you! We’re looking to make this film about our early days and the scene. Do you know anybody who could do it?” I said, “Yeah! Me!” [laughs] They have always been supportive of my art and the things I have done in music. I think they either knew that I had something special or I was missing a certain cog in my brain that would allow me to take on something so insane! [laughs] He said, “Yeah, I think you could do it. Let me talk to the guys and I will get back to you tomorrow.” Before I knew it, I had the gig! Another factor was that I wasn’t an outsider in the scene. A lot of these people in the film don’t want to share their stories with outsiders. I think that the guys in Green Day knew that I had the ability to take on complicated projects and that I had the trust of a lot of people in the scene, which allowed me to cover the story that we wanted to tell.

This is an expansive documentary for which you did 185 interviews and shot over 500 hours of footage. How did you wrap your brain around the story you wanted to tell early on in the creative process?

That’s what we took the most time with! Our lead story editor Dan Abbott and our other story editors Frank Piegaro and Melissa Dale, my co-writer Anthony Marchitiello and the editor, Greg Schneider, were all focused on that. The story editors would put all of the content into a database, so that if we needed to know something about a particular subject, we could look it up and reference any minute of the 500 hours of interview footage. That’s how we would kind of find our story elements. With every one of the 185 interviews, your narrative changes! You learn new things and you go down different paths. This movie took so many forms! Too many forms! [laughs] We had a 5 hour cut at one point! With that said, there will be a lot of deleted scenes but the movie still clocks in at a whooping 2 hours and 38 minutes already! [laughs] It was a really, really complicated task and I could not have done it alone! We were also very lucky to have people like Kamela Parks, Robert Eggplant and Dave Mello, people who were in the scene, who would help us check things for accuracy. We had questions like, “Was this band that was alive for 2 months very important to many people in the local scene?” They would help me with recalling their time in the scene, if that was the case. With that said, no documentary is definitive. I would encourage people to look at this as a bit of a primer. There are a million other documentaries that could be spawned out of the dozens of subjects in this film.

Green Day at Gilman in 1992 – Photo by Murray Bowles

How did the end product you achieved differ from what you might have envisioned early on in the process?

Ya know, it didn’t really change that much. Originally, we were looking at very simple scenes — Green Day’s early years, Gilman, and the bands that came out of it. Then you realize that Gilman was created in a bubble, San Francisco, right across the bridge from Berkeley and Oakland, and it was the birth of punk in the Bay Area. It played a big part of what happened in the East Bay. Before Gilman, there were places like Ruthie’s and New Method. We really wanted to be as thorough and complete as possible but the basic tenets of the idea that 924 Gilman changed punk in the sense that it made new rules. A lot of people think of mohawks, leather jackets, reckless behavior and loud music. but a lot of the kids who loved that stuff in the East Bay, also had parents who were professors or hippies, so there was a bit more of a thoughtful, intellectual thing going on. With that came satire, humor and not taking yourself so seriously and with that usually comes inclusivity. That idea inspired me! Punk wasn’t about a costume or a sound but about what could be achieved if you showed, were kind to people and put in the work to build something positive within your community. That was always something I knew I wanted to focus on. So, I don’t think the original vision changed that much, it just grew! [laughs]

There are some very unique characters within this scene and in the film. What were some of the highlights for you when it came to tracking them down and documenting their stories?

Oh, wow! One of the great stories is that I was waiting for Kirk Hammett from Metallica to respond. He had a big knowledge of Ruthie’s Inn and a love for early East Bay punk and San Francisco punk. He’s from the same town and general neighborhood that I’m from, as well as where Primus, Green Day, Isocracy, Corrupted Morals, and so many other Bay Area punk bands are from. I was reaching out to him and one day I started getting texts from an unknown number. It was like, “Hey you Gravy Boys, let’s meet up and do my interview at Ed’s Bar.” I was like, “Ok, wait. Ed’s Bar? That’s in El Sobrante down the block from me. Wait?” I looked over at my wife and said, “I think Kirk Hammett is texting me!” [laughs] Ya know, a lot of the folks in this film, bless their hearts, are kind of burnt out. I think a lot of people in the punk community, including myself, are kind of wingnuts! I had to really brush up on my speaking burnout and wingnut! [laughs] I had to speak with passion and conviction to as many people as I could to let them know they could trust me to share their stories. There were so many wild rides in this! I was so happy to speak with people like Michael Franti, Miranda, Ian MacKaye and Kathleen Hanna. I even spoke with Duff McKagan of Guns ‘N Roses, who was in a punk band called The Farts, which is pretty wild! There were so many others like Metal Mike, Stacy White, Kamela Parks, Robert Eggplant and a lot of the unsung authors, educators and volunteers that make help this scene what it was. A lot of people were hard to confirm but I did it and I’m glad that I didn’t give up on trying to snare some of them into being a part of this! [laughs]

Rancid at Gilman in 1993 – Photo by Murray Bowles

Looking back on the entire process of bringing this film to life, what do you consider the biggest challenges you faced?

The biggest challenge I think I faced was the responsibility of doing the story justice. A lot of people in this film, dozens and dozens, have never shared their stories or been in a documentary. They are not rockstars and they don’t have an ease in their walk. What I’m saying is that for many of them, all that they have is their memories. I felt a deep responsibility to consider that in every waking moment of building this thing. I felt the responsibility to do it right. That was the biggest challenge! When you are dealing with 500 hours of interview footage and 30 years of history, you’re condensing it all into 2 hours and 38 minutes, it feels exploitative because you can’t include everybody. In small ways, I hope that we did include everybody but I know that it wasn’t really possible. I’m proud of the film and I’m proud of what we pulled off but it certainly wasn’t easy.

You couldn’t have asked for a better narrator for this story than Iggy Pop. How did he come into the mix?

We knew when we were condensing the film down from 5 hours that we need a narrator to help condense the themes. Billie Joe Armstrong and I started thinking about who we could get who had an interesting voice. It had to be someone who wasn’t in the scene because if you choose one person, others start to ask, “Well, why was it this person? Why wasn’t it that person representing us from within the scene.” We knew we had to have an outsider. I initially thought of Tom Waits because he was local and has an interesting voice. Billy said, “That’s a really good idea. Let’s keep thinking.” One day, Billie called me and said, “What about Iggy?” I said, “Iggy Pop! The Godfather of Punk, man! He’s got a great, resonate voice!” Billie said, “Yeah! We backed him up on some songs and his record, ‘Skull Ring.’ Let me reach out to him.” He called me later and said, “Consider it done!” Before I knew it, I was collaborating on the script with him and flying out to his living room to record the narration with our sound guy Matthew Voelker, and our director of photography, Greg Schneider. It was a wild ride and I still can’t believe it happened!

The punk rock scene in the East Bay, and 924 Gilman in particular, made a big impact on all involved. How did it impact you and help to shape the man we see today?

I was from a region called Contra Costa County and there are no universities here. Our parents were working class folks – waitresses, bartenders, construction workers, etc. When we go out to these centers of knowledge, like Berkeley, some of the stuff that was coming out of our mouths was very, very uninformed and definitely not progressive, ya know! [laughs] For example, let’s take the journey of the Beastie Boys. They went from singing “Girls, to do my dishes, to do my laundry…” to “To all the mothers and the sisters and the wives and friends, I want to offer my love and respect to the end.” They were cognizant of their journey. When I came out here to Gilman, I wasn’t racist, sexist or homophobic necessarily, but I didn’t have a filter. There were enough people who would kindly check me and ask me what I meant by something. Ultimately, the lessons that I learned at Gilman and through that scene made me a better citizen of the world.

Operation Ivy at Gilman in 1988 – Photo by Murray Bowles

We’ve talked about what a wild ride making this film was for you. How did the experience of bring this project to life change you?

I think it definitely gave me a meter as to what kind of projects I will take on. Maybe it will be something a little more simple next time! [laughs] Maybe a single subject kind of documentary is in my future! [laughs] It really gave me more of a filter on the kinds of projects I want to do next. I’m really we happy we pulled this one off, but I think people can tell when they watch it that there is a lot going on and that there was a lot of work done to make it happen. I became a father for the first time during the making of this film and I also turned forty years old during the making of it. I’m a completely new person now that it’s done! [laughs] I hope people enjoy it and I hope people see things that they can relate to in this film that might inspire them to make art, music and community together themselves.

Where can people dive into the music you have created in the past and to learn more about ‘Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk’?

I’ve been on and off in a satiric folk band called Bobby Joe Ebola and The Children MacNuggits for 20 years. People ask me about the name and I say, “Well, that’s what you get when you are stoned at 19 or 20 and you make a band!” [laughs] You can go to www.bobbyjoeebola.com to learn more. To find out more about the film and where it’s playing nationally starting on July 25th until the end of September, you can go to www.eastbaypunk.com or find us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter!

Awesome! Thanks so much for your time today and for putting 3 years of your life into making this film a reality. It’s truly an inspiration!

Thank you, Jason! I really appreciate it!

‘Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk’ hits select theaters on July 28th, 2017.

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Fat Mike Presents Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival Featuring NOFX, Bad Religion and More!

Fat Mike Presents Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival Featuring NOFX, Bad Religion and More!

Created from the mind and liver of NOFX‘s frontman Fat Mike, the Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival will debut in the Western U.S. this fall with five special events featuring the best in punk rock music and regional craft beer.

Named for NOFX’s classic Punk In Drublic album, which has sold over one million copies, Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival launches September 16 in Tacoma, WA, with stops in Boise, ID, Concord, CA, Sacramento, CA, and Huntington Beach, CA. NOFX will co-headline each date of Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival alongside Flogging Molly in some markets and Bad Religion in others?, and every show will also feature four other? bands. Look for full details to be announced in August at www.PunkInDrublicFest.com.

Each Punk In Drublic festival date will feature up to four hours of craft beer tastings with over 100 craft beers, including some of the West Coast’s best and local favorites. Craft beer tastings are included with admission. Festival hours will be Noon – 9:00 PM.

Fat Mike has joined forces with premier music event producer/promoter Synergy Global Entertainment and respected craft beer event production powerhouse Brew Ha Ha Productions for the festival. In addition, to celebrate Punk In Drublic, Fat Mike teamed up with craft beer pioneers Stone Brewing to brew their very own Stone & NOFX Punk in Drublic Hoppy Lager, which will be available in cans only in the festival markets. This collaboration is a huge show of support by Stone, as it marks the first time ever that Stone has worked with a musician for a can release. They’ve even included the festival tour dates on the back of each can. This is a first-of-its-kind level of commitment from a brewery partner for a festival tour.

When asked how Stone & NOFX Punk in Drublic Hoppy Lager tastes, Fat Mike says, “It’s something to wash the noise away.” However, other slogans offered by Mike that were quickly turned down by Stone included, “It’s the beer of champagnes” and finally, “They say you can’t get beer from a stone…oh shit, we just did!”

“We know we’re crazy for letting Fat Mike in our brewery, but we’re doing it anyway,” says Greg Koch, Stone Brewing co-founder. “We have a lot in common in not only refusing to follow the status quo, but actively rejecting it. I have incredible respect for what he and Fat Wreck Chords have done for the independent music scene. Craft beer is currently in a similar open-your-eyes-to-the-man’s-corporate-obfuscation battle. Is independent craft beer punk rock? Very. And even more so now with this collab. See you in the pit!”

Cameron Collins, Co-Founder & Director of Events at Brew Ha Ha Productions explains, “Craft beer and punk rock are cut from the same cloth. Small, independent, and up against some big challenges: taking on BIG BEER, and local bands determined to do it their way, despite what might make them a quick buck. Punk In Drublic throws off the mantle of the ordinary to create an event unlike any other…a perfect pairing of craft beer and punk rock!”

Catch the Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival “stumbling through a town near you”:

Saturday, September 16 – Tacoma, WA – America’s Car Museum (on sale Friday, July 28)

Sunday, September 17 – Boise, ID – Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater (on sale Friday, July 28)

Saturday, October 14 – Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion (on sale Friday, August 11)

Sunday, October 15 – Sacramento, CA – Bonney Field (on sale Friday, August 11)

Saturday, October 28 – Huntington Beach, CA – Bolsa Chica State Park (on sale Friday, September 1)

The Saturday, September 16 (Tacoma) and Sunday, September 17 (Boise) Punk In Drublic shows will feature performances from NOFX, Bad Religion, Goldfinger, Less Than Jake, Bad Cop / Bad Cop and more. Tickets forthese two shows go on sale Friday, July 28 at 10:00 AM local time at www.PunkInDrublicFest.com.

General Admission and VIP tickets for the Tacoma and Boise shows are priced as follows. Ticket details for other dates will be announced in August. All tickets include craft beer tasting and access to view the music stage for attendees 21 years or older.

General Admission: starting at $39

Early Entry + VIP Lounge: $99

Early Entry + VIP Lounge + Meet & Greet: $199

VIP Tickets include access to a VIP Entry Lane and VIP Lounge, with:

– Exclusive craft beer tastings

– VIP viewing area of the stage

– Private restrooms

– VIP cash bar

– One hour early entry for craft beer tastings (for those 21+), starting at 12:00 PM

Look for details on the other Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival shows in the coming weeks. Visit www.PunkInDrublicFest.com for more information.

About Fat Mike:
Fat Mike is a musician, songwriter, producer, record label president, political activist, and champion bowler! Best known as the lead vocalist, bassist and songwriter for long-running punk rock band NOFX, Fat Mike is also bassist and arranger for supergroup cover band Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. Additionally, Fat Mike is the co-owner of the Fat Wreck Chords record label in San Francisco. NOFX formed in Los Angeles in 1983, signed to Epitaph Records in 1989, and went on to sell over 6 million records worldwide including two records that went gold in the US and Canada. In 2004, Fat Mike founded Punkvoter.com in an effort to mobilize the punk community to vote, and in turn raised over a million dollars for the Kerry Campaign with the Rock Against Bush compilations. In 2016, NOFX released both a New York Times best-selling book (The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories) and their critically acclaimed 13th album (First Ditch Effort).

About Synergy Global Entertainment, Inc.:
Synergy Global Entertainment, Inc. (SGE) specializes in producing music events and music marketing programs benefitting brands, artists, consumers, partners and attendees alike. SGE has produced thousands of branded music festivals, concerts, tours and events throughout the world playing to millions of applauding fans. www.sgeworldwide.com

About Brew Ha Ha Productions:
Brew Ha Ha Productions (BHHP) is California’s most successful craft beer event producer and creates award winning, often sold out, events. Its team brings years of successful event production and business experience along with an inside view of the craft beer industry and its enthusiasts. Fueled by a desire to promote craft beer, along with a vision of creating legacy beer fests and events, BHHP was conceived 10 years ago. BHHP produces multiple celebrated festivals with rave reviews annually including BRUFEST in Phoenix AZ, 91X’s BeerX in San Diego, Driftwood, Ye Scallywag ?and more.? Best known for their signature events like the ?OC ?Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Roundup, Brew Ho Ho ‘Holiday Ale Festival’, Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival, and the award winning Brew Hee Haw at the OC Fair, BHHP is now expanding events to other cities and states including Arizona, Washington and Idaho? to enhance communities with fun and safe events along with helping to raise money for local charities?.

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Abramorama Rolls Out National Theatrical Tour For ‘Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk’

Abramorama Rolls Out National Theatrical Tour For ‘Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk’

Green Day – Photo by Murray Bowles

Abramorama will kick off the national film tour of TURN IT AROUND: THE STORY OF EAST BAY PUNK with a week long run at the IFC Center in New York City on July 28, 2017 and exclusive one night only showings and week long runs in cities across North America in tandem with Green Day’s Revolution Radio World Tour. More than 60 theaters have already been booked with more to come.  See below for the current list and check  https://eastbaypunk.com/  for regular updates.  In a unique release strategy, Turn it Around: The Story of East Bay Punk will “tour with the band” enabling theatres to be marketing partners with Green Day in promoting the film’s theatrical release and the band’s nationwide tour.

The feature documentary had its world premiere as the opening night film of the 16th SF DOCFEST on May 31st followed by a sold-out two week theatrical run at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in San Francisco in early June.

Written and directed by Corbett Redford and executive produced by Green Day and Pat Magnarella, TURN IT AROUND: THE STORY OF EAST BAY PUNK  is narrated by Iggy Pop and  features Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt & Tre Cool (Green Day), Kirk Hammett (Metallica), Duff McKagan (Guns N Roses), Jello Biafra & East Bay Ray (Dead Kennedys), Ian Mackaye (Fugazi, Minor Threat), Tim Armstrong, Matt Freeman & Lars Fredricksen (Rancid), Brett Gurewitz & Jay Bentley (Bad Religion), Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill, The Julie Ruin) , Michael Franti (Spearhead, Beatnigs) and interviews with more than 100 artists and musicians from California’s East Bay punk rock music scene.

TURN IT AROUND: THE STORY OF EAST BAY PUNK spans over 30 years of the California Bay Area’s punk music history with a central focus on the emergence of Berkeley’s inspiring 924 Gilman Street music collective. Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk is the definitive telling of this vibrant story, drawing from a wide variety of voices and viewpoints and featuring the music of many of the most famous and infamous punk bands ever.

Theatrical Dates as of 7/12/17

Montreal, Canada – 7/25/2017

New York, NY – 7/28/2017

Red Bank, NJ – 7/29/2017

Baton Rouge, LA – 8/3/2017

Dallas, TX – 8/3/2017

Yonkers, NY – 7/29/2017

Berkeley, CA – 8/4/2017

Chico, CA – 8/6/2017

Houston, TX – 8/7/2017

Seattle, WA – 8/9/2017

San Jose, CA – 8/10/2017

Salt Lake City, UT – 8/10/2017

Sebastopol, CA – 8/11/2017

Denver, CO – 8/11/2017

Kansas City, MO – 8/12/2017

Cedar Falls, IA – 8/16/2017

Cedar Rapids, IA – 8/16/2017

Iowa City, IA – 8/16/2017

Elk River, MN – 8/16/2017

Oakdale, MN – 8/16/2017

Rochester, MN – 8/16/2017

Nashville, TN – 9/4/2017

Shakopee, MN – 8/16/2017

Waite Park, MN – 8/16/2017

Cape Girardeau, MO – 8/16/2017

Des Peres, MO – 8/16/2017

St. Charles, MO – 8/16/2017

St. Louis, MO – 8/16/2017

Austin, TX—9/10/2017

Bellevue, NE – 8/16/2017

Lincoln, NE – 8/16/2017

Omaha, NE – 8/16/2017

Columbus, OH – 8/16/2017

Pickerington, OG – 8/16/2017

Appleton, WI – 8/16/2017

Ashwaubenon, WI – 8/16/2017

Madison, WI – 8/16/2017

Menomonee Falls, WI – 8/16/2017

Oak Creek, WI – 8/16/2017

Huntington, NY – 7/29/2017

Chattanooga, TN – 8/18/2017

Indianapolis, IN – 8/19/2017

Omaha, NE – 8/20/17

Maitland, FL – 8/21/2017

Cincinnatti, OH – 8/23/24

Addison, IL – 8/30/2017

Bloomington, IL – 8/30/2017

Country Club Hills, IL – 8/30/2017

Gurnee, IL – 8/30/2017

Orland Park, IL – 8/30/2017

Philadelphia, PA – 8/302017

Chapel Hill, NC – 8/31/2017

Buffalo, NY – 8/31/2017

Coconut Creek, FL – 9/2/2017

Avondale, AZ – 9/7/2017

Mesa, AZ – 9/7/2017

Tempe, AZ – 9/7/2017

Moreno Valley, CA – 9/7/2017

Redlands, CA – 9/7/2017

Denver, CO – 9/7/2017

New Orleans, LA – 9/8/2017

Tampa, FL – 9/13/2017

Phoenix, AZ – 9/14/2017

San Antonio, TX – 9/14/2017

Winchester, VA – 9/16/2017

Los Angeles, CA – 9/18/2017

San Diego, CA – 9/18/2017

For more information on the film please visit: https://eastbaypunk.com/

About Green Day
Green Day is an American punk rock band composed of vocalist/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt and drummer Tré Cool. Formed in 1986, Green Day was originally part of the punk scene at the DIY 924 Gilman Street club in Berkeley, California. The band’s early releases were with the independent record label Lookout! Records. In 1994, its major label debut Dookie (released through Reprise Records) became a breakout success and eventually sold over 10 million copies in the United States. Green Day was widely credited with popularizing and reviving mainstream interest in punk rock in the United States. Green Day’s follow up albums Insomniac (1995) and Nimrod (1997) each sold over two million albums and were certified Double Platinum, and Warning (2000) was certified Platinum. 2004 brought the band’s rock opera American Idiot which reignited the band’s popularity with a younger generation and sold over six million copies in the United States. Green Day is one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time, having sold more than 75 million records worldwide. The group has won five Grammy Awards: Best Alternative Album for Dookie, Best Rock Album for American Idiot, Record of the Year for Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Best Rock Album for the second time for 21st Century Breakdown and Best Musical Show Album for American Idiot: The Original Broadway Cast Recording. In 2010, a stage adaptation of American Idiot debuted on Broadway. On April 18, 2015, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a part of the 2015 class in what was their first year of eligibility for induction. On October 16, 2015, Green Day released the documentary Heart Like A Hand Grenade, an unprecedented behind the scenes look at the writing and recording of their legendary album American Idiot.  Green Day’s 12th studio albumRevolution Radio was released on October 7, 2016 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart.  The band is currently on their Revolution Radio World Tour. www.greenday.com

About Abramorama
Abramorama is the preeminent theatrical distributor of music films in the US today and recognized for the consistent high quality of its work on award winning feature films. An innovator in the focused, personalized form of film distribution and event cinema, Abramorama provides invaluable alternatives to filmmakers and content owners.  An industry leader in marketing and promotion, Abramorama continues to trail-blaze exciting new pathways for filmmakers to find their audience. Over the course of more than 15 years, Abramorama has successfully distributed and marketed hundreds of films, including Ron Howard’s Grammy award®-winning The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years; Amir Bar-Lev’s Long Strange Trip – The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead; Corbett Redford and Green Day’s Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk, John Scheinfeld’s Chasing Trane – The John Coltrane Documentary; Brett Bern’s BANG! The Bert Berns Story; Jill Campbell’s Mr. Chibbs; Tomer Heymann’s Mr. Gaga; Dawn Porter’s Trapped; Kim A. Snyder’s Newtown; Charles Ferguson’s Time To Choose; Asif Kapadia’s Senna; Neil Young’s Greendale; Cameron Crowe’s Pearl Jam Twenty; Sacha Gervasi’s Anvil! The Story Of Anvil; Banksy’s Academy Award®-nominated, Exit Through the Gift Shop; the surprise indie hit Awake: The Life of Yogananda; Laurie Anderson’s astonishing New York Times critics’ pick, Heart of a Dog,Showtime’s National Board of Review Winner Listen to Me Marlon and Draft House Releasing’s 2016 Documentary Academy Award®-Nominee and IDA Best Documentary Winner The Look of Silence. Abramorama is a founding partner of The Seventh Art Stand program, an act of cinematic solidarity against Islamophobia, that ran in more than 50 theaters across the United States in May of 2017.  For more information visitwww.abramorama.com

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John Lydon To Release ‘Mr Rotten’s Songbook’ In March of 2017

John Lydon To Release ‘Mr Rotten’s Songbook’ In March of 2017

In celebration of 40 years of songwriting across both the SEX PISTOLS and PUBLIC IMAGE LTD (PiL) eras, JOHN LYDON is delighted to announce the personal and truly exclusive publication of MR ROTTEN’S SONGBOOK. Due out March 31, 2017 and limited to 1000 copies, MR ROTTEN’S SONGBOOK is available to pre-order now via: https://mrrottenssongbook.concertlive.com.

Presented in glorious, luxury large format (370x290mm portrait), MR ROTTEN’S SONGBOOK features never before seen artwork as well as annotated song lyric sheets spanning LYDON’s entire career all written in his own hand. As the book unfolds, each album is featured with an exclusive introduction to the songs from JOHN as well as the original cover and hand-drawn artwork from LYDON to beautifully bind the lyrics to their meanings. MR ROTTEN’S SONGBOOK gives fresh insight into the purpose behind the words that have shaped over four decades of his songwriting career. Every one of the book’s three-hundred, handcrafted pages reflect JOHN working night and day over the final six months of 2016. Each book is hand signed by the man himself and individually numbered.

Always outspoken, controversial and sincere, JOHN LYDON, formerly Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols and then lead singer in Public Image Ltd (PiL), John Lydon has secured a prime position as one of the most recognizable icons in the annals of music history. As Johnny Rotten, he was the lead singer of the Sex Pistols–the world’s most notorious band–who shot to fame in the mid-1970s with singles such as ‘Anarchy in the UK’ and ‘God Save the Queen.’ So revolutionary was his influence, he was even discussed in the Houses of Parliament, under the Traitors and Treasons Act, which still carries the death penalty. Via his music and invective, he spearheaded a generation of young people across the world who were clamoring for change–and found it in the style and attitude of this most unlikely figurehead. With his next band, Public Image Ltd (PiL), Lydon expressed an equally urgent impulse in his make-up–the constant need to reinvent himself, to keep moving. From their beginnings in 1978, he set the groundbreaking template for a band that continues to challenge and thrive in the 2010s. He also found time to collaborate on new dance records with the likes of Afrika Bambaataa and Leftfield. From his beginnings as a sickly child of immigrant Irish parents who grew up in post-war London, to his present status as a vibrant, alternative national hero, Lydon has remained a compelling and dynamic figure–both as a musician, and, thanks to his outspoken, controversial, yet always heartfelt and honest statements, as a cultural commentator.


What led to the creation of MR ROTTEN’S SONGBOOK

I’ve written many songs over the years and I’ve always wanted to combine it all in one picturesque way. When I write songs, I think in pictures so it’s the most appropriate thing I could do and looking at all the images together led to MR ROTTEN’S SONGBOOK.

In your recent biography, Anger Is An Energy, you mention that “words count” versus just “throwing around bricks as the voice of rebellion.” Can you talk about this a bit?

Comedy is the root to the truth. If you take a thing too seriously, you kind of miss the point of what human nature really is. It’s a hilarious romp through existence.  You can learn a lot, firstly, by learning to laugh at yourself. Only then, can you begin to laugh at others and this is why when I draw and paint, I like to do it a cartoon-y way because I think it opens up the personality of the entire event–rather than some serious still-life which says nothing and gets us no-where…

Is there any piece of artwork in the book that is standing out to you or surprised you?

On most of the pieces, I don’t sit down with a specific idea other than the actual songs. I’m quite amazed at what comes out of me. But the character on the front of the book, he’s the biggest surprise of all because I was thinking how can I encapsulate what this book is supposed to unravel to the reader? That character just appeared on the page. I don’t know what makes me draw these things.

What comes first? Art or music?

I just love drawing. I love the scratch of the pen on the page and the characters come out of that. To be fair to myself, that’s what goes on in my head daily, all the time, 24/7. Every now and again, I manage to draw it onto paper. I use oils, pencil, and sometimes I just cut up bits of magazines and use different colors and blend them. Any medium suites me, but the more risky, the better and the more difficult the work involved, the more I enjoy it. This book was very hard to put together–getting the details to be absolutely perfect. Writing out the words, you might think that’s easy. Bloody hell, if you don’t know the song, no one does. When you’re actually writing it, it’s amazing how confused you could become inside your own songs. It’s that Robin Williams in me that keeps going off into other subjects. I keep ping-pong ball around ideas and things ending up very, very confused. I had to learn how to focus which strangely enough I haven’t done up until now. I gave myself the task and I had to stand by it.

Is the art process similar to writing songs?

Yes, but songwriting is a thought process that goes on for months, sometimes even years. Suddenly, while I’m drinking a cup of tea or eating baked beans, I’ll just sit down and quickly write it out. It’s almost like not thinking and it’s like it’s already been processed for me. Songwriting is like me explaining myself to me. I’m still in there as the confused little boy stuck in the hospital not knowing who he was from age 7 to 8. I didn’t really know who I was until around 11 since all the memories returned very slowly. So there it is. While you’re guessing who you are, this is what you’re creating inside your head. I’ve been given a golden opportunity through music which I never planned on–it happened incidentally and that’s when all the pieces started to fall into place. Now I’m looking at it at it like a big jigsaw puzzle of my life and slowly, but surely making it clear, not only to me but, to others. There’s no evil intent in me at all…of course I could be lying.

What would you like people to take away from this book? Is there an overarching theme as a whole?

Well, if it’s in the library, please don’t take it away without returning it. I’ve been in the public spotlight since the 70s, that’s a lot of pressure, but I’ve been able to cope with it and still maintain some kind of integrity. That’s what I’m trying to get across here. You may be very confused, but as I say it’s all little pieces of the jigsaw puzzle that I’ve haven’t been able to put together myself, yet. But then again I don’t know anyone who has walked into my life at any point absolutely picture-perfect. So I’m on the same trial as everybody else but I, at least, have found a way of expressing it.

Do you feel that writing songs comes easier than creating art?

No, it’s just the same thing. Except, I’m very wary of the word “art” because the idea of interpreting thought into imagery has been corrupted so much. Even the title “Famous Artist” just comes on with some horrendous fake snobbery and institutional-ism.  To put it simply, I look at the Sistine Chapel and wonder why they’ve all got little willies. Even the censorship in that is rampant, so everything is still being controlled and that’s no good to any of us.

So art and music for you is the ultimate form of free expression?

Yeah, no boundaries, no rules, no regulations. Do as thy will because you’re not doing any of it to hurt anybody. For me, a much more appropriate world would be one of complete open-mindedness. I don’t care what language the man next to me uses. A clear message is what I want in life, transparency. I look into the thoughts behind the process, so I can write songs and now I discover that I can draw. I’m not making any issue out of it, but it’s damn rewarding. I’ll probably be publicly condemned.

What made you decide now is the right time to share the songbook?

Well, if you’re gonna go to trial you might as well tell everyone! That would be the philosophy.

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‘Sad Vacation: The Last Days Of Sid And Nancy’ To Receive December Home Video Release

‘Sad Vacation: The Last Days Of Sid And Nancy’ To Receive December Home Video Release


SAD VACATION is the latest documentary film by Danny Garcia (“The Rise and Fall of The Clash”/”Looking for Johnny”), which explores Sid and Nancy’s fateful trip to New York in 1978. It is a film that is dedicated to presenting the real facts; told as it happened by their friends and those who witnessed it. A film about the dynamics of Sid and Nancy’s tumultuous relationship, and how it all ended in Room 100 of the Chelsea Hotel.

SAD VACATION includes interviews with Roberta Bayley, Steve “Roadent” Conolly, Donna Destri, Kenny “Stinker” Gordon, Bob Gruen, John Holmstrom, Hellin Killer, Walter Lure, Honest John Plain, Howie Pyro, Cynthia Ross, Andy Shernoff, Gaye Black, Casino Steel, Phyllis Stein, Sylvain Sylvain; in addition to the late Leee Black Childers and three key residents of the Chelsea Hotel, Victor Colicchio, “Neon” Leon Matthews, and Ned Van Zandt, who had a lot to say about the events that took place on October 12th 1978. Drawing upon their reflections and a batch of newly-released Grand Jury documents, “Sad Vacation” presents a solid timeline of events for the very first time.

Narrated by Huey Morgan (Fun Lovin’ Criminals), SAD VACATION contains unseen photography of Sid and Nancy and music from The Heartbreakers, The Boys, The Members, Neon Leon, Pure Hell, Sami Yaffa, Luigi & The Wiseguys, Skafish, Corazones Muertos, The PrimaDonna Reeds, Supla, Silke Berlinn & The Addictions and Sid Vicious himself.

11/6 – London @ Picturehouse Central
11/8 – Los Angeles @ The Regent
11/18 – Philadelphia @ PhilaMOCA
11/27 – Austin @ The North Door
11/TBA – Chicago @ Brew & View
12/8 – San Francisco @ The Roxie
12/9 thru 15 – Boston @ Regent Theatre
…more TBA

The DVD can be ordered at the MVD Shop or on Amazon.

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Sex Pistol’s Steve Jones To Release ‘Lonely Boy: Tales of a Sex Pistol’ Autobiography On January 15th

Sex Pistol’s Steve Jones To Release ‘Lonely Boy: Tales of a Sex Pistol’ Autobiography On January 15th


Steve Jones – Photo by Davis Factor

Recognized as one of the key inventors of punk and celebrated as a living legend, guitarist and songwriter Steve Jones revisits his unruly, and often tragic, past in his upcoming autobiography, Lonely Boy: Tales of a Sex Pistol, due this January from Da Capo Press. Its release will coincide with the 40th anniversary of the band’s platinum debut album, Never Mind the Bollocks,which set the world on fire in 1977.

In Lonely Boy, Jonesrecounts the nihilistic songs, amphetamine-fueled music, and influential anarchical fashion that turned a street urchin into a founding member of a genre-defining band. From his days of petty crime and havoc-wreaking in England, to his first impression of Sid Vicious and famously blowing off the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony with Johnny Rotten, Lonely Boy offers a portrait of a punk pioneer-a demigod to a generation of frustrated youth who identified with the band’s political and social condemnations of life for the working class.

Traumatic childhood abuse and neglect, meaningless sexual exploits, life-threatening drug addiction, and bottoming out on heroin-all are covered candidly in Lonely Boy. It brings us face-to-face with a Steve Jones neither seen on stage nor heard over the airwaves, a man who spent his youth at the epicenter of angst in class-ruled Britain, taunting and ridiculing the establishment, who later, through sobriety, finally learned to be comfortable in his own skin.

Steve Jones was born in West London in 1955. He founded QT Jones and the Sex Pistols with Paul Cook. The band eventually went on to become The Sex Pistols, and Jones was their guitarist until the band broke up in 1978. The Sex Pistols reformed in 1996 for a massive world tourwhich produced an acclaimed live album, Filthy Lucre Liveand again in 2007-2008. A musician, record producer, DJ, and actor, he lives in Los Angeles, where he hosts Jonesy’s Jukebox (http://www.jonesysjukebox.com/) on 95.5 KLOS FM and www.955KLOS.com every Monday through Friday between 12:00 and 2:00 p.m. Ben Thompson is a London-based rock journalist and author. He has written books with Ray Winstone, Russell Brand, and Terry Gilliam.

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