The birth of English punk was not an all boys event. Turns out that besides The Sex Pistols and The Clash, there were a few women involved including The Slits. Viv Albertine voiced her disapproval at the recent anniversary events in London that downplayed the importance of women when the punk revolution exploded. Now you can get a glimpse of the impact of Viv’s band with Here to Be Heard: The Story of The Slits on DVD and other formats. Here’s the press release from MVD:
Here To Be Heard: The Story Of THE SLITS
Deluxe DVD package, digital formats, and more coming July 6th
Documentary thoroughly examining the world’s first all girl punk band credited with pioneering the musical movement known as “Punky Reggae”
MVD Entertainment Group has struck a deal with UK production and sales outfit Moviehouse Entertainment to bring the music-themed documentary HERE TO BE HEARD: THE STORY OF THE SLITS to North America.
The documentary thoroughly examines the world’s first all girl punk band formed in London, 1976. As contemporaries of The Clash and The Sex Pistols, the band has been credited with pioneering the musical movement known as “Punky Reggae”. HERE TO BE HEARD tells the complete story of THE SLITS and the lives of the women involved, from the very beginning to the band’s end in 2010 with the death of lead vocalist Ari Up.
HERE TO BE HEARD features appearances by Viv Albertine (Slits guitarist), Ari Up (Slits vocalist), Palmolive (Slits founder / first drummer), Tessa Pollitt (Slits bass), Bruce Smith (SLITS Second/PIL Drummer), Hollie Cook (Slits vocals / keys / percussion), Vivien Goldman (NYU’s Punk Professor), Don Letts (former Slits manager and punk rock documentarian), Dennis Bovell (album producer), Paul Cook (Sex Pistols drummer), Gina Birch (Raincoats bass), Adrien Sherwood (producer / long time friend of the band) and many more. This deluxe DVD package includes previously unseen footage of the band, as well as photographs, & newspaper clippings.
HERE TO BE HEARD: THE STORY OF THE SLITS is one of Moviehouse Entertainnment’s first in-house productions but is one of many music-related titles handled by the studio since its’ inception in 2001. Other films include Live Forever, New York Doll, Be Here To Love Me: The Story of Townes Van Zandt, Scott Walker: 30 Century Man, Who Killed Nancy Moviehouse is also currently working on director Kriv Stenders’ (Red Dog) The Go-Betweens: Right Here.
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