The Blank Generation

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The Blank Generation
The Blank Generation.jpg
Directed byIvan Kral
Amos Poe
Produced byIvan Kral
Amos Poe
StarringPatti Smith Group
The Heartbreakers
Talking Heads
Edited byAmos Poe
Ivan Kral
Poe Productions
Distributed byNew Line Cinema[1]
Release date
  • 1976 (1976)
Running time
53 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Blank Generation is the earliest of the published DIY "home movies" of New York punk's birth. It was filmed by No Wave filmmaker Amos Poe and Ivan Kral, legendary 1970s guitarist with Iggy Pop, Blondie and Patti Smith.[2]


Directors and producers Ivan Kral and No Wave filmmaker Amos Poe use behind-the-scenes footage of punk musicians before they became icons.[3][4]

The film includes footage of Blondie, Patti Smith, The Ramones, Television, Talking Heads, New York Dolls, The Heartbreakers, The Shirts, and Robert Gordon as visitors to New York's CBGB's.


Film locations include Max's Kansas City, The Bottom Line, Bowery, and the Lower East Side. Legal disputes between Poe and Krall prevented the former's name to appear in the credits after the latter owned the copyright to said film in the years after its initial release.[5]


Dave Kehr of The Chicago Reader called this "New wave's answer to The T.A.M.I. Show".[6] while Time Out New York put it at #89 on their list of the 100 Best NY Movies.[7]


Musicians featured in the film include: Joey Ramone, Debbie Harry, Richard Hell, Patti Smith, Johnny Thunders, David Byrne, Tom Verlaine, David Johansen, Wayne County, Tommy Ramone, Lenny Kaye, Dee Dee Ramone, Chris Stein, Fred Smith, Johnny Ramone, Ivan Kral, Robert Gordon, Richard Lloyd, Tina Weymouth, Walter Lure, Jeff Salen, Annie Golden, Jayne County, Chris Frantz, Jimmy Destri, Lizzy Mercier Descloux, Gary Valentine, Clem Burke, Arthur Kane, Syl Sylvain, Jerry Nolan, Jay Dee Daugherty, Richard Sohl, Billy Ficca, Hilly Kristal and more.


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