|1991: The Year Punk Broke|
|Directed by||Dave Markey|
|Produced by||We Got Power Productions|
|Music by||Sonic Youth|
Babes in Toyland
|Distributed by||Tara Films|
|24 December 1992 (theatrical)|
13 April 1993 (home video)
13 September 2011 (DVD)
1991: The Year Punk Broke, released theatrically in 1992, is a documentary directed by Dave Markey, featuring American alternative rock band Sonic Youth on tour in Europe in 1991. While Sonic Youth is the focus of the documentary, the film also gives attention to Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr., Babes in Toyland, Gumball and The Ramones. Also featured in the film are Mark Arm, Dan Peters and Matt Lukin of Mudhoney, and roadie Joe Cole, who was murdered in a robbery three months after the tour ended. The film is dedicated to Cole.
Several scenes in the film involve re-enactments and references to scenes from the contemporaneous Madonna tour documentary, Truth or Dare, such as Gordon complaining about "industry people" in the front row, or Cobain, introduced as "Costner" telling Sonic Youth that their show was "neat". At a screening of the film at the 2008 All Tomorrow's Parties festival in Monticello, New York, Markey mentioned that the working title for the film was Tooth or Hair, as a further play on this connection. A home video VHS was released by the David Geffen Company on April 13, 1993. The film was again re-released on DVD on September 13, 2011, by the Universal Music Group.
- Don Fleming
- Jay Spiegel
- Eric Vermillion
- Nic Close
- Joe Cole
- Dave Kendall
- Courtney Love
- Dave Markey
- Craig Montgomery
- Bob Mould of Hüsker Dü
- Susanne Sasic
- Peter Van Der Velde - tour manager
- Dave Evans - driver
Songs included in the film
- Sonic Youth - “Schizophrenia”
- Nirvana - “Negative Creep”
- Sonic Youth - “Brother James”
- Nirvana - “School”
- Sonic Youth - “Teen Age Riot”
- Dinosaur Jr. - “Freak Scene”
- Babes In Toyland - “Dust Cake Boy”
- Sonic Youth - “Dirty Boots”
- Nirvana - “Endless, Nameless”
- Sonic Youth - “I Love Her All The Time”
- Gumball - “Pre”
- Dinosaur Jr. - “The Wagon”
- Sonic Youth - “Mote”
- Nirvana - “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
- The Ramones - “Commando”
- Sonic Youth - “Kool Thing”
- Nirvana - “Polly”
- Sonic Youth - “Expressway To Yr. Skull”
The film takes place over the course of Sonic Youth and Nirvana's 1991 European tour. The European dates, given at the beginning of the film, are as follows:
|August 20, 1991||Cork||Ireland||Sir Henry's|
|August 21, 1991||Dublin||Top Hat|
|August 23, 1991||Reading||United Kingdom||Reading Festival|
|August 24, 1991||Cologne||Germany||Monsters of Spex Festival - Tanzbrunnen|
|August 25, 1991||Hasselt||Belgium||Pukkelpop|
|August 27, 1991||Bremen||Germany||Überschall 91 - Aladin Music Hall|
|August 28, 1991||Halle||Easy Schorre|
|August 29, 1991||Stuttgart||Longhorn Country & Western Saloon|
|August 30, 1991||Nuremberg||Serenadenhof|
|September 1, 1991||Rotterdam||Netherlands||Ein Abend In Wien - De Doelen|
Original 1993 VHS release
|US Top Music Videos (Billboard)||25|
2011 DVD re-release
|UK Music Videos (OCC)||7|
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- Official website
- 1991: The Year Punk Broke at IMDb
- 1991: The Year Punk Broke at AllMovie
- 1991: The Year Punk Broke at the TCM Movie Database
- 1991: The Year Punk Broke at the American Film Institute Catalog
- 1991: The Year Punk Broke at Box Office Mojo
- 1991: The Year Punk Broke at Discogs (list of releases)
- Dave Markey's 1991 tour diary