Two decades ago, two little bands called Sonic Youth and Nirvana made their way through a string of European clubs; the filmmaker Dave Markey of We Got Power Films (who's shot videos for SY, Black Flag, and Mudhoney) was there for it all. The documentary 1991: The Year Punk Broke was the result of Markey's travels; the film, released in '92, included footage of said SY/Nirvana tour, as well as bits with Dinosaur Jr., Babes In Toyland, and the Ramones.
This fall, to commemorate the documentary's 20th anniversary, Universal Music is releasing a special-edition DVD of the film that includes a special feature that should particularly attract Seattleites--a 42-minute bonus film of Sonic Youth and Nirvana performances (Nirvana playing "In Bloom"), as well as footage of both bands goofing off and loving each other's company.
Here's a preview of 1991: The Year Punk Broke, featuring Kim Gordon and Kurt Cobain's skinny little legs. The DVD release (we'll let you know when a specific date is set) also includes these special features:
• Running audio commentary track by Thurston Moore & Dave Markey
• Rough Edits of performance material
• 2003 Panel Discussion (on the film) at the Arclight in Hollywood, with Thurston Moore, Dave Markey, Lee Ranaldo, Steve Shelley, and J. Mascis.