Kill Your Idols

Directed By: S.A. Crary

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Featuring: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sonic Youth, Theoretical Girls, DNA, LIARS, Teenage Jesus & the Jerks, Gogol Bordello, flux information sciences, Lydia Lunch, Black Dice, Swans, A.R.E. Weapons, foetus and Glenn Branca.First-time filmmaker S.A. Crary shares a complex history of New York's art-punk scene. This compelling documentary weaves together a timeline for an aggressive movement allowing the players to reflect in the moment. With interviews from such punk rock icons as Teenage Jesus & the Jerks bassist Jim Sclavunos, bandmate Lydia Lunch, DNA's Arto Lindsay, Glenn Branca, Sonic Youth and others from the late '70s/early '80s art-punk explosion. Exclusive interviews with these originators and a new generation of practitioners -- from the Grammy-nominated Yeah Yeah Yeahs to Black Dice to Liars to Gogol Bordello -- reveals a consistent hunger for invention through subversion, motivations that come into cacophonous focus in the new and archival concert footage bridging the interviews. What also comes out is a depth of retrospection amongst the older generation that puts the younger generation's musings in a context that will surprise even the most plugged-in of scenesters. By documenting art-punk in the same spirit as the movement itself has played out, Crary has created a compelling reference for a movement that defies them and managed to stay true to its spirit in the process.DVD Features:Over 60 mins of exclusive interviews and performancesAdditional live clips and music videosPhoto galleriesWeblinksTrailersFormat: DVD MOVIE


Studio Universal (Music)
SKU 202915431
UPC 660200314323
UPC 14 00660200314323
Format DVD
Release Date 7/3/2012
Music (General)
New York City
Punk Rock
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note A comprehensive survey of some of New York City's post-punk bands, this documentary is equal parts art and music. It starts in 1972, pauses briefly in 1982, and stops in 2002, looking at influential acts during that timeline. The No Wave bands of the early '70s make up the first segment of the film. Gritty black-and-white footage of live performances in SoHo clubs feature Suicide (Martin Rev), Teenage Jesus and The Jerks (Lydia Lunch), the Theoretical Girls (Glenn Branca), and DNA (Arto Lindsay). The music is followed by candid interviews with the artists, filmed in 2002, on digital video, in color. They comment on the political atmosphere in downtown New York at that time, discuss punk influences like Iggy Pop, and explain that they were trying to make something new, even if it wasn't music. Skipping to the '80s, Sonic Youth (Thurston Moore, Lee Renaldo) and the Swans (Michael Gira) emerge on the scene, and early live B&W footage is shown. The final chapter in this fascinating rock-doc takes viewers to 2002, where a smattering of youthful bands mimic the aforementioned. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs talk about their overnight fame. And other post-punk acts like Liars, Black Dice, and the delectable gypsy band Gogol Bordello chime in, with band members sharing their thoughts on the music they make and how it compares to those earlier sounds. Director-producer-photographer S.A. Crary, who made this movie for under $300, pulls it all together with cool title cards, sequences of experimental photography, and abstract chapter headings, making KILL YOUR IDOLS thoroughly enjoyable, and informative.
Sight and Sound "[M]uch of KILL YOUR IDOLS is an enjoyable monument to an undervalued chapter in rock history." 04/01/2005 p.64
Uncut "[T]he music isn't put in a jar?it gets to spill all over you, scalding and still shocking, from the screen." 05/01/2005 p.134
S.A. Crary
Name Crary,S.a.
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Cast & Crew
S.A. Crary - Director of Photography
Sonic Youth - Featured
Gogol Bordello - Featured
S.A. Crary - Producer
Thurston Moore - Featured
Lydia Lunch - Featured
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Featured
Arto Lindsay - Featured
Glenn Branca - Featured
Dan Braun - Producer
Josh Braun - Producer
Lee Renaldo - Featured
S.A. Crary - Director
Technical Info
Catalog ID 3143
UPC 00660200314323
Number of Discs 1
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Product Attributes
Actor Crary,S.a.
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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