It’s great to see videos of the Lower East Side world coming to life — insane performances, mythologically hyper-decorated studios, poetic urban blight, the emergence of graffiti and street art as undeniable cultural forces
The performances are pure fire, but the film also serves as a reflection of the social struggles of the time. Focused editing elevates it beyond concert film and creates a new kind of cultural commentary.
“Last Wednesday, an enormous mob surged out of control, menaced citizens, pushed through police lines onto city hall steps, and blocked traffic on Broadway and the Brooklyn Bridge. But uniformed cops stood by, smiling — for the marauders were fellow cops, thousands of them”
“The scene now is one of club kids who don't even have a 'fuck the rules' mentality — they don't know any rules to fuck. They manage to combine a youthful, energetic wholesomeness with a jaded sense of decadence, as typified by their major domo, 22-year-old Michael Alig”