In August of 1991 New York’s Sonic Youth invited Los Angeles filmmaker Dave Markey along on a two week summer festival tour of Europe.

The band were excited about their opening act, a (as then) little known band from the Pacific Northwest called Nirvana. Along the way they would cross paths with Dinosaur Jr, Babes In Toyland, Gumball, and The Ramones.

Thurston Moore was the MC. Dave Ghrol was the new drummer. Kim Gordon kept up on the gossip. Kurt Cobain played Kevin Costner. J. Mascis wondered about the possibility of having a Japanese love child. Courtney Love crashed a backstage interview. Lee Ranaldo snapped photographs. Krist Novoselic was really tall. Steve Shelley was in the pocket. Mudhoney was hanging out backstage. Bob Mould too. Joey Ramone. Don Fleming. Motley Crue covered “Anarchy In The UK” (but not in this movie), thus the title was born, tongue-in-cheek.

1991: The Year Punk Broke – DVD release date

‘1991 The Year Punk Broke’ A film by David Markey ( A Sonic Life / We Got Power Films production) –
the long awaited DVD will be released on the 6th September 2011 by Universal to celebrate the 20th anniversary of this historic tour, featuring additional material;

”¢ 40 minute Bonus Movie entitled “(This Is Known As) The Blues Scale” with previously unseen mind-blowing Sonic Youth & Nirvana performances (including “Inhuman”, “White Kross”, “Orange Rolls, Angel’s Spit”, “Eric’s Trip”, “Chapel Hill”, and “In Bloom”) and plenty of revelatory and rockin’ (and hilarious) never before seen off-stage and on-stage material

Ӣ 2003 Panel Discussion (on the film) at the Arclight in Hollywood, with Thurston Moore, Dave Markey, Lee Ranaldo, Steve Shelley, and J. Mascis

Ӣ Complete audio remaster directly from the original source tapes

Ӣ Rough Edits of performance material

Ӣ Theatrical trailer



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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


  1. Best bit: Backstage at some early 90s European festival, Mudhoney’s Mark Arm calling for Iggy Pop as though he were a dog. “Iggy! Iggy! Here, boy!”


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