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Sonic Youth's 1991: The Year That Punk Broke Gets DVD Action with Missing "Rogue" Video Vignette

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By: Spacelab Research Staff
July 18, 2011
Now twenty years on from the year that it chronicled, Sonic Youth's ambitious video project 1991: The Year Punk Broke will see a DVD offering for the first time with new footage and enhanced audio and video quality.

1991: The Year Punk Broke will feature new footage from both Sonic Youth and Nirvana. The biggie is an unreleased video vignette titled  “(This Is Known As) The Blues Scale,” which has over 40 minutes of additional live video of the Sonic Youth songs “Eric’s Trip,” “Chapel Hill,” the seminal “White Kross” and “Inhuman.” New features also include a rare Nirvana performance of the song “In Bloom.”

Some digging on the Sonic Youth web site reveals a blurb about the “(This Is Known As) The Blues Scale” vignette, the reason why it was shelved, and what it's about:

"While planning the eventual DVD release for 1991: The Year Punk Broke, Dave Markey cut a 42-minute film out of unused footage to create a companion piece that would be included on the DVD. However, due to years of seemingly unresolveable legal issues, the DVD remains shelved. On several occasions, the film has been shown to audiences, and a partial "Death Blow" style video from the audience is circulating. The film contains more classic SY/Nirvana hijinx from the tour, including 5 SY songs and 1 Nirvana tune ("In Bloom"). "Inhuman" is not present on the bootleg, though I'm only aware of it being played once on that tour, on 08/21/91 in Dublin (however, 3 set lists from the tour are missing completely)."

The embedded video from above is supposedly from the “(This Is Known As) The Blues Scale.”

On the DVD side, the new 1991: The Year Punk Broke has gone full scale from grainy art film project to full-on DVD worthy of the times.  It includes restored audio that has been re-synced and remastered in uncompressed PCM stereo. Sonic Youth directed all of the audio upgrades.
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