Nirvana and Sonic Youth have been the news a lot of late, both for reasons we all wish they weren’t. So maybe now is a better time than ever to think back to happier times. Specifically, to 1991: The Year Punk Broke.
They’re playing that famed documentary at midnight tonight at Nitehawk Cinema, as the May entry of the theater’s installment of Music Driven, in partnership with Noisey and Absolut. We wrote it up in our calendar, but wanted to remind you again. Here’s that blurb:
To all of you who skip the opening act, a lesson: It could be the next Nirvana. On Sonic Youth’s 1991 Europe circuit it was Nirvana, in fact, but nobody yet knew of the beflanneled Pacific Northwest rockers. Dave Markey told the tale in his tour documentary 1991: The Year Punk Broke (1992). It’s one of the genre’s better entries, also featuring members of Babes in Toyland, Dinosaur Jr., Gumball, Mudhoney, and the Ramones, for your nostalgic enjoyment. Prior to the postmortem slew of Kurt Cobain tributes and life stories, the film provides a rare glimpse of the grunge god before he became an icon, still just a kid making mischief with Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore. See it tonight as part of Nitehawk’s Music Driven series along with Absolut cocktail specials. (Heather Baysa)
It’ll cost you $11, and it’s probably wise to reserve a ticket online, as the engagement is for one night only.
See you there.