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Punks on Film: The Difficulty of Portraying Punk on Screen

The genre and the lifestyle rarely translate well from the stages of clubs like CBGB to the silver screen

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    This video essay originally ran in 2019, but we’re dusting it off for Punk Week.

    Despite being a movement in music, fashion, and culture for 50 years, there are very few films that depict punk accurately.

    In this video essay, contributing writer Daniel Yergert discusses why punk as a genre and lifestyle has rarely translated well from the stages of clubs like CBGB to the silver screen.

    Watch it above.

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