Sonic Youth Rocks in Hollywood

Posted in News on August 28, 2003
BMI band Sonic Youth headlined the recent Don't Knock The Rock Film and Music Festival in Los Angeles with a show at the El Rey Theater on August 17. The seminal New York art-punk band is featured in Dave Markey's dreamy experimental homage to underground music entitled 1991: The Year Punk Broke, which was shown during the last day of the festival. The film, which is filled with brilliant live performances from Sonic Youth, Nirvana and Dinosaur, Jr., also features amusing backstage antics peppered with cultural commentary.

Shown before the show at the El Rey Theater are Kim Gordon, Steve Shelley and Jim O'Rourke of Sonic Youth; BMI's Myles Lewis, Tracie Verlinde, Barbara Cane and Ivanne Deneroff; and Thurston Moore and Lee Renaldo of Sonic Youth.

Don't Knock the Rock is an annual event celebrating the historical rock-n-roll and cinematic roots of Hollywood. The three-day festival is a journey of classic and new rock-n-roll films, which embody the rock spirit and contain quintessential music performances and/or vintage footage of important artists in their prime.