• David Markey commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: “1991: The Year Punk Broke”

    2011-09-19 18:36:26View | Delete

    Working on my photo book (along w/ lifelong friend Jordan Schwartz) called “We Got Power” for publication sometime next year on Bazillion Points. Likewise a doc on the Circle Jerks, and a live Dinosaur Jr. DVD / Bluray for their performance of “Bug”.

  • David Markey commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: “1991: The Year Punk Broke”

    2011-09-19 18:34:21View | Delete

    Gracias

  • David Markey commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: “1991: The Year Punk Broke”

    2011-09-19 18:32:25View | Delete

    Thanks Lisa, I only wish this interface here wasn’t so confusing…

  • David Markey commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: “1991: The Year Punk Broke”

    2011-09-19 18:31:42View | Delete

    And yes. This tour was different from other tours I had been on, tho I did tag along w/ Sonic Youth on the Neil Young tour for the west coast dates, earlier in that year (’91). Buses and catering, nice hotels. This was decidedly a step up from the Van and crashing on the floor at some anarchist collective of speed freaks, like we often did in ’86 / ’87.

  • David Markey commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: “1991: The Year Punk Broke”

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    I didn’t see any groupies on this tour. Kim & T married, Lee married to Leah. Miss Pamela would have been bummed. Actually, Kurt had his friend Ian with him come to think.

  • David Markey commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: “1991: The Year Punk Broke”

    2011-09-19 18:19:15View | Delete

    Yes, I’d been on the road. Most notably, I did a little six month jaunt w/ Black Flag in 1986 that I ended up documenting w/ the aforementioned “Reality 86′d.” I was playing drums and singing in Painted Willie at the time. My second band after Sin 34. We were on SST.

  • David Markey commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: “1991: The Year Punk Broke”

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    I thought Sonic Youth were on fire on this tour. They blew me away night after night. Likewise with Nirvana. The energy that was transpiring was large. Also the way the two bands were feeding off each other. It was really awesome and inspiring.

    The Truth of Dare re-creations was about the only thing that was pre-planned for this film. The Spinal Tap stuff came about because we were watching it nightly on the bus with Nirvana. I mean, we could relate.

  • David Markey commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: “1991: The Year Punk Broke”

    2011-09-19 18:04:13View | Delete

    If only we could record with our eyes and ears to some sort of medium. I guess we are closer to that now than ever.

  • David Markey commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: “1991: The Year Punk Broke”

    2011-09-19 17:56:21View | Delete

    He threatened me via his lawyers. He doesn’t even have the nerve to pick up the phone and call me.

  • David Markey commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: “1991: The Year Punk Broke”

    2011-09-19 17:55:05View | Delete

    I was amazed to see Dinosaur Jr. connect with that Reading Festival crowd. So many thousands of people singing along with “Freak Scene”. I had no idea at the time just how big they were in the UK.

    Of course, when you have a camera with you and you are documenting shows,there is something between you and the experience. Often I would be so into going to shows and seeing my favorite bands that I didn’t want anything to distract from the experience. I regret not documenting many bands. Minutemen. Flipper. Dead Kennedys (w/ Jello). Bad Brains. Just to name a few.

  • David Markey commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: “1991: The Year Punk Broke”

    2011-09-19 17:49:35View | Delete

    Greg Ginn squelched my 1991 document “Reality 86′d” and has kept it from the public ever since. He also had me remove all Black Flag material from my other films, Desperate Teenage Lovedolls, The Slog Movie, and Lovedolls Superstar, some of which were in circulation for almost 20 years prior. The biggest mistake of my life was working with that guy.

  • David Markey commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: “1991: The Year Punk Broke”

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    They were very happy to be there. Playing these big festival shows with Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., The Ramones, Gumball, Babes… You can see how much fun everyone was having on this tour in the film. In retrospect, the calm before the storm. This was back when there was zero media attention on Kurt, and Nirvana were seen as a band. A unit. Three guys.

  • David Markey commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: “1991: The Year Punk Broke”

    2011-09-19 17:34:11View | Delete

    I don’t think anyone really knew just how big Nirvana would get. Their success was instant and off-the-charts. Off course this happened after the tour was over and filming for this was over. There was nothing quite like it before or after-wards, at least from the world I and my peers came from.

  • David Markey commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: “1991: The Year Punk Broke”

    2011-09-19 17:31:04View | Delete

    I was shooting Super 8 Sound film. A medium I had been already working in for many years up until that point.

  • David Markey commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: “1991: The Year Punk Broke”

    2011-09-19 17:25:36View | Delete

    Europe was much more keen to many bands before the US. This goes back to Hendrix…

  • David Markey commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: “1991: The Year Punk Broke”

    2011-09-19 17:22:01View | Delete

    Yes, a picture is worth a thousand words…

  • David Markey commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: “1991: The Year Punk Broke”

    2011-09-19 17:21:17View | Delete

    Courtney was getting backstage long before this tour. I guess her persistence eventually paid off. I never presented her with any paperwork, evidently she signed off at some point.

  • David Markey commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: “1991: The Year Punk Broke”

    2011-09-19 17:18:51View | Delete

    But there was a great deal of activity prior to this that was not given much mainstream exposure. So much great music was left unheard, but it was happening. I don’t know why the US was so slow to get to that point. I guess it’s a combination of the conservative nature of this country and the people that worked in the record business not willing to give it a shot. Perhaps it took a band like Nirvana to break that barrier down.

  • David Markey commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: “1991: The Year Punk Broke”

    2011-09-19 17:14:43View | Delete

    Hmmmm, well. In the states we had this thing brewing in the underground for a decade plus prior to this tour. Sonic Youth had already been established for that time and had only signed with Geffen the year before. They had been touring most of ’91 in support of Goo. They helped Nirvana get their deal, and the rest the say is history.

  • David Markey commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: “1991: The Year Punk Broke”

    2011-09-19 17:10:11View | Delete

    It was a short two week tour. I traveled in Sonic Youth’s bus. Nirvana followed us in a van. We crossed paths with all the other bands along the way.

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