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British Rock (1980)

Punk and Its Aftershocks (original title)
This sequel to PUNK IN LONDON charts the rise and fall of Punk into Ska, New Wave and the Mod scene. See Britain's explosive music scene in the late 70's via live performances and exclusive interviews.

Director:

Wolfgang Büld

Writer:

Wolfgang Büld
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Credited cast:
Pauline Black ... Herself (as The Selecter)
Wolfgang Büld Wolfgang Büld ... Interviewer / Commmentator
David Cairns David Cairns ... Himself (as Secret Affair)
Martin Chambers ... Himself (as Pretenders)
Mark Coalfield Mark Coalfield ... Himself (as Spizzenergi)
Stewart Copeland ... Himself (as The Police)
Jerry Dammers Jerry Dammers ... Himself (as The Specials)
Neol Davies Neol Davies ... Himself (as The Selecter)
Lynval Golding Lynval Golding ... Himself (as The Specials)
Terry Hall Terry Hall ... Himself (as The Specials)
Topper Headon ... Himself (as The Clash)
James Honeyman-Scott ... Himself (as Pretenders)
Chrissie Hynde ... Herself (as Pretenders)
Christoph Hürsch Christoph Hürsch ... Narrator
Mick Jones ... Himself (as The Clash)
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This sequel to PUNK IN LONDON charts the rise and fall of Punk into Ska, New Wave and the Mod scene. See Britain's explosive music scene in the late 70's via live performances and exclusive interviews.

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Documentary | Music

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »
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Country:

West Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 1980 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Punk in England See more »

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Production Co:

Stein Film See more »
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| (DVD)

Color:

Color
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Alternate Versions

Although the VHS version "British Rock" and the DVD version "Punk in England" both have the same title card (as British Rock), the DVD version does not contain the end credits or the comments made by John Peel. See more »

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Featured in Punk '76 (2013) See more »

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only for the mods and rude boys
20 October 2003 | by urinineSee all my reviews

The director has created a largely a thin and superficial look at the Punk Rock(tm) movement. His interviews are uninspiring, and he often lets stars ramble on too long (please someone shut up Bob Geldolf). So what saves this flick?

1) This documentary was made in 1981, which means there is little revisionism. No one going back now pulling out the later historical importance of certain bands. This means bands like the Secret Affair and Ian Dury get attention that would never be afforded to them in a 75 minute retrospective today.

2) The real joy of this video is not the included tired footage of punk bands like The Clash or The Sex Pistols or even the relatively unseen Boomtown Rats footage -- it's the mod and ska moments. Seeing footage from The Jam, and the aforementioned Secret Affair was great. And the footage of The Specials and Madness was equally compelling.

So if you're in it for the mod or ska footage, it's great, otherwise it's mediocre at best.


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