“Hey! Ho! Let’s go…” It’s almost time to watch EPIX’s highly-anticipated docu-series, PUNK. Punk music has impacted and saved the lives of many. In fact, punk music trailblazers and fans created a culture to be reckoned with. Every element of punk music – from the rebellious, fast-paced songs, to the unique clothing which included leather jackets, spikes and studs, to the idea of DIY, where musicians produced and released their own projects – everything contributed to a movement. It’s clear to see that punk music is more than just music – it was a way for people to express themselves, it was a way for people to stand up and exert what they believed in, it was a way to incite change and it was a way to go against the status quo. Soon enough, these leaders, these pioneers – they became known as the legends of punk music including Iggy Pop, the Ramones, the Sex Pistols, Black Flag, The Clash and many more.
PUNK, which is executive produced by iconic, rock fashion designer John Varvatos and the “Godfather of Punk,” Mr. Iggy Pop, is a four part docu-series which focuses on the history of punk music. The incredibly fascinating series features interviews with legends including Iggy Pop, Marky Ramone, Johnny Rotten, Flea, Debbie Harry, Dave Grohl, Duff McKagan, Billie Joe Armstrong and many other renowned members of the punk music world. According to the press release, the series also includes “rare and unseen photos, gritty archival film and video, [and] a crackling soundtrack of punk hits and misses.” Derik Murray’s Network Entertainment produced the project.
It truly was an epic night as punk pioneers gathered together at SIR in Los Angeles, California on March 4, 2019 for the premiere of PUNK. Attendees were able to get the first look at parts of each of the four episodes from the docu-series during a screening. Afterwards, an unforgettable Q&A panel took place with Henry Rollins, Duff McKagan, John Lyndon (aka Johnny Rotten), John Varvatos, Marky Ramone and Donita Sparks. The panel was moderated by Rolling Stones‘ Kory Grow. It wasn’t long until the panel went wild and Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols and Marky Ramone of the Ramones got into a heated, verbal argument. Hey, it doesn’t get anymore punk than that, right?!
Take a look at a clip of the moment below:
Needless to say, everyone was stunned after witnessing a dispute between two punk innovators, and L7’s Donita Sparks couldn’t have phrased it any better – it truly was “unpolished, unrehearsed…” and that’s what makes punk so interesting and captivating. There’s no wonder why punk music continues to live through generations among generations.
After the memorable panel, an after-party took place at SIR. Attendees were able to enjoy delicious foods and drinks while also getting the chance to play some billiards and try their luck on some pinball machines.
I, Alexisjoyvipaccess had the most stupendous time attending the premiere of EPIX’s PUNK. Being someone who has listened to punk music growing up, it was an honor to be in the presence of so many legendary punk musicians and of course, to have seen a Sex Pistols vs Ramones debate was a moment I will never forget. Seeing parts of PUNK even more so opened my eyes as to how these musicians revolutionized the world of music and made it theirs. Punk musicians spoke to listeners in a way that hadn’t been done before by any other kind of music genre.
Check out some more pictures from the premiere of PUNK below and be sure to tune in to the premiere of the first episode of the docu-series on March 11th at 10:00 PM on EPIX!
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