The music, fashion, art, and attitude of the punk subculture; featuring interviews with punk pioneers, photos, archival film, and music; with Johnny Rotten, Marky Ramone, Debbie Harry, Flea, Dave Grohl, Jello Biafra, Legs McNeil, and Danny Fields.
The Ramones visit London in 1976 to discover a vibrant U.K. punk scene; the Second British Invasion of America includes the Sex Pistols' disastrous U.S. tour and flameout in 1978.
The proto-punks of the Detroit scene, including the Stooges and MC5, put the 1960s to bed and reinvigorate the N.Y. art-music scene, inspiring the New York Dolls and the Ramones, giving outsiders a milieu to express themselves and start a revolution.
Punk breaks big, highlighting the talents of Nirvana, Bad Religion and Green Day, while women roar onto the scene in bands such as Bikini Kill and L7, establishing punk as an enduring force, its spirit living on in today's broader culture.
The Germs, Bad Brains, Black Flag, DOA, and others dump gas on smoldering rage and alienation in U.S. suburbs, igniting a blazing form of hardcore punk, which, in turn, inspires a DIY culture and network that comes to define the genre.