Such a pleasure to see Raymond Pettibon’s Sir Drone at Anthology Film Archives last night. Mike Watt (who plays the part of Duane, requiring a heroic struggle to play bass badly) writes:
pettibon presents the early days of los angeles punk rock not as simple metaphor for the human condition, but as a singular attempt to break the organic chain of metaphysical fate. there and then and forever after, music was to be no longer music. hippies were to be no longer hippies. everything was instead to be punk. but punk as an end - a squelching of artistic attempt. more, a transcendence of artistic statement itself, by starting with human material that is entirely artless - punk!