'VH1 All Access' and Spin Magazine Celebrate '25 Years of Punk,' the Musical Rebellion That Changed the Face of Rock, When Hit Series' Latest Episode Debuts Thursday, April 19 at 10:00 P.M. (ET/PT)

'Godfather of Punk' Lou Reed Narrates Latest 'VH1 All Access' Special,

Featuring Rare Footage and Exclusive New Interviews With Members of The

Ramones, X, Black Flag, Patti Smith Group, The MC5, Bad Brains, Sonic Youth

And Green Day, Plus Billy Idol, Jayne County, Dave Grohl and Many Others



Apr 12, 2001, 01:00 ET from VH1

    NEW YORK, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- 25 years ago this month, the music
 world was rocked -- literally -- when four raggedy guys from Queens crammed
 14 hyper-speed anthems of alienation and rage onto their debut LP, igniting a
 revolution that's still reverberating today.  They called it "punk."
     "VH1 All Access" teams up with Spin magazine to celebrate this landmark
 silver anniversary of the musical tidal wave that changed the face of rock
 forever when the hit VH1 series' latest episode "25 Years of Punk" premieres
 on Thursday, April 19 at 10:00-11:00 p.m. (ET/PT).
     "VH1 All Access:  25 Years of Punk" is produced in conjunction with Spin
 magazine, which celebrates punk's silver anniversary with a very special May
 issue (on newsstands now), featuring a two-way split cover of punk icons Joey
 Ramone of the Ramones and Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols.  Narrated by music
 legend Lou Reed, considered by many to be the "Godfather of Punk," the
 one-hour special examines the evolution of punk rock, from the scene-makers of
 the '70s to the bands that keep alive that same "punch you in the ideology"
 attitude today.
     "25 Years of Punk" goes directly to the front lines of the influential
 punk movement, revisiting the culturally-challenging, angry synthesis of
 music, art and attitude personified by such artists as the Sex Pistols, The
 Clash, Black Flag and others in a stripped-down rebuke to the overblown,
 orchestral rock that had begun to dominate the '70s.  The special features
 unforgettable performances, rare footage and exclusive new interviews with a
 wide range of punk rockers, including members of The Ramones, X, Fear, Black
 Flag, Patti Smith Group, The MC5, Minor Threat, Bad Brains, Social Distortion,
 Sonic Youth, Green Day and Rancid, plus Billy Idol, Jayne County, Dave Grohl,
 former Rage Against the Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha, punk photographers
 Roberta Bayley and Danny Fields, and many others.
     "VH1 All Access: 25 Years of Punk" is a production of VH1.  The executive
 producers are Bill Brand and Elyse Zaccaro; the supervising producer is Brad
 Abramson.
 
     VH1 produces and programs a wide variety of music-based series, specials,
 live events and acquisition-based programming that keep viewers in touch with
 the music they love.  VH1 is a registered trademark of MTV Networks, a unit of
 Viacom Inc.  MTV Networks owns and operates the cable television programming
 services MTV: Music Television, MTV 2: Music Television, Nickelodeon/Nick at
 Nite, TV Land and VH1 as well as The Suite from MTV Networks, a package of ten
 digital services, all of which are trademarks of MTV Networks.  MTV Networks
 also has joint ventures, licensing agreements and syndication deals whereby
 its programming can be seen worldwide.
 
 

SOURCE VH1
    NEW YORK, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- 25 years ago this month, the music
 world was rocked -- literally -- when four raggedy guys from Queens crammed
 14 hyper-speed anthems of alienation and rage onto their debut LP, igniting a
 revolution that's still reverberating today.  They called it "punk."
     "VH1 All Access" teams up with Spin magazine to celebrate this landmark
 silver anniversary of the musical tidal wave that changed the face of rock
 forever when the hit VH1 series' latest episode "25 Years of Punk" premieres
 on Thursday, April 19 at 10:00-11:00 p.m. (ET/PT).
     "VH1 All Access:  25 Years of Punk" is produced in conjunction with Spin
 magazine, which celebrates punk's silver anniversary with a very special May
 issue (on newsstands now), featuring a two-way split cover of punk icons Joey
 Ramone of the Ramones and Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols.  Narrated by music
 legend Lou Reed, considered by many to be the "Godfather of Punk," the
 one-hour special examines the evolution of punk rock, from the scene-makers of
 the '70s to the bands that keep alive that same "punch you in the ideology"
 attitude today.
     "25 Years of Punk" goes directly to the front lines of the influential
 punk movement, revisiting the culturally-challenging, angry synthesis of
 music, art and attitude personified by such artists as the Sex Pistols, The
 Clash, Black Flag and others in a stripped-down rebuke to the overblown,
 orchestral rock that had begun to dominate the '70s.  The special features
 unforgettable performances, rare footage and exclusive new interviews with a
 wide range of punk rockers, including members of The Ramones, X, Fear, Black
 Flag, Patti Smith Group, The MC5, Minor Threat, Bad Brains, Social Distortion,
 Sonic Youth, Green Day and Rancid, plus Billy Idol, Jayne County, Dave Grohl,
 former Rage Against the Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha, punk photographers
 Roberta Bayley and Danny Fields, and many others.
     "VH1 All Access: 25 Years of Punk" is a production of VH1.  The executive
 producers are Bill Brand and Elyse Zaccaro; the supervising producer is Brad
 Abramson.
 
     VH1 produces and programs a wide variety of music-based series, specials,
 live events and acquisition-based programming that keep viewers in touch with
 the music they love.  VH1 is a registered trademark of MTV Networks, a unit of
 Viacom Inc.  MTV Networks owns and operates the cable television programming
 services MTV: Music Television, MTV 2: Music Television, Nickelodeon/Nick at
 Nite, TV Land and VH1 as well as The Suite from MTV Networks, a package of ten
 digital services, all of which are trademarks of MTV Networks.  MTV Networks
 also has joint ventures, licensing agreements and syndication deals whereby
 its programming can be seen worldwide.
 
 SOURCE  VH1