Screening Of Shellshock Rock (1979)

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Center for the Arts in Society says
Join us for a screening of Shellshock Rock (1979), the definitive documentary on Northern Irish punk by John T. Davis, and a Belfast and UK punk vinyl set with DJ John Carson.

Featuring Stiff Little Fingers, Rhesus Negative, and Good Vibrations label artists Rudi, the Outcasts, and the Undertones, Shellshock Rock (44 minutes) is an affectionate portrait of the Belfast punk scene in 1978-79. The DIY film captures the atmosphere of youthful idealism—amid the everyday turmoil of the Troubles—that set Belfast punk apart from its more rancorous counterparts in London and New York. As Davis remembers, “Belfast in the late 70’s was a very different place from the one in which I had enjoyed live music in my youth. Now Belfast at night was a ghost town. No one was going into town, there was no place for the kids to go. But they were making music, they were coming together…and importantly they were coming together from different sides of the community. This was a real chink of light in what was Northern Ireland’s darkest hour, and I just felt I had to record it on film.”

Good Vibrations studio and record label, run by “small-time impresario” Terri Hooley, became the center of the Belfast scene, gaining prominence with hits like Teenage Kicks by the Undertones. Belfast-born artist and head of CMU’s School of Art, John Carson, worked for Hooley in the seventies, and has dusted off his collection of first edition Good Vibrations vinyl and UK punk classics for this special event.

Drinks at 7, film at 8, music and dancing to follow
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By: Center for the Arts in Society