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Sonic Youth’s 1991: The Year Punk Broke hits DVD this fall

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If you haven’t noticed, people are getting overly nostalgic for the early ’90s lately. Plenty of current acts are echoing the legends of yesteryear (The Pains of Being Pure at Heart? Yuck?) and even that tacky neon shit is finding its way on apparel again. Hey, at least the ’80s shtick is burning out.

To help fuel the fires, Universal Music is issuing Sonic Youth‘s 20-year-old rock documentary, 1991: The Year Punk Broke, which chronicles the band’s European tour with, believe it or not, opening act Nirvana. Why is this a big deal? This marks the first time the film has surfaced on DVD, and naturally the set comes fully loaded with exclusives (via slicing up eyeballs).

Packaged with the documentary is a 42 minute bonus film titled, (This Is Known As) The Blues Scale, which sports previously unseen performances by Sonic Youth and Nirvana, specifically rare cuts of “Inhuman”, “White Kross”, “Orange Rolls/Angel’s Spit”, “Eric’s Trip”, “Chapel Hill”, and “In Bloom”. Fans will also be able to enjoy running commentary by Thurston Moore and director Dave Markey, in addition to a 2003 panel discussion on the film that features Thurston Moore, Dave Markey, Lee Ranaldo, Steve Shelley, and J. Mascis. Other goodies include rough edits of performance material, a photo slideshow, a theatrical trailer, and more.

So, if you’re one of the hopeless nostalgics running around today with a Bart Simpson “Eat my shorts!” shirt, sipping a Slurpee, and arguing with friends over which Dinosaur, Jr. record captures them best…you’ll probably want to pick this up. There’s no release date set yet, but it should be out by fall. To hold you over, take a peek at some of the exclusive videos here.

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