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Other Grooves

An eccentric excursion to the furthest fringes of youth culture and alternative lifestyles, as captured in archive film and TV.

In this companion to BFI Player's Beat Generations collection you'll encounter an eclectic array of eccentrics, outsiders, activists and all who dare to be different. Among the tribes and iconoclasts represented here you'll find mods, rockers, Ufologists, New Age travellers, artists, anarchists, free thinkers, punks, pagans, skinheads, rastas, reverends and ravers.

Warning: Some films in this collection include explicit adult material, including frank scenes of nudity, sexual activity and drug taking.

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Good Strong Coffee 1968

Far-out guys and groovy gals drop doses of good strong coffee in this psychedelic 1968 ad for the hot black stuff.

2 mins United Kingdom

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Punk In 60 Seconds 2016

Anarchy in the UK… This rare footage presents a short blast of the punk energy that took over the streets of Britain in the late 1970s.

United Kingdom

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Burn Your Bra! 1968

The Women’s Liberation movement’s burn your bra campaign hits Truro.

2 mins United Kingdom

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Discomania 1980

Nerdy teenage mummy's boy David dreams of wowing the girls with his disco dance moves - but alas he was born with two left feet.

25 mins Great Britain

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Dr Turner's Mental Home 1929

The wilder fringes of the Bloomsbury Group are exposed in this dark amateur film starring Dora Carrington.

8 mins United Kingdom

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Psychomania 1972 15

The greatest zombie-biker, toad-worshipping-Satanists horror in British cinema is an undisputed cult classic brimming with exciting action and fantastical mayhem.

88 mins United Kingdom Director. Don Sharp

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Shellshock Rock 1979

The Undertones and Stiff Little Fingers play live in this vivid music doc capturing all the vibrancy of the 1970s Northern Irish punk scene.

47 mins Northern Ireland Director. John T. Davis

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Hot Pants for Men? 1971

A leggy stroll around Launceston reveals the uptake of hotpants for men.

2 mins United Kingdom

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Rave 1997 Not Rated

Partying like it's 1997. We follow a rave DJ instigator rigging up decks in abandoned warehouses, a nosebleed 'techno tourist' who chases the hardcore around Europe and a girl addicted to... partying.

United Kingdom

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Long-Haired Layabouts 1964

Long hair gives impression of laziness

3 mins United Kingdom

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Midnight Breaks 1988

Big Audio Dynamite’s Don Letts made his acting debut in this gripping, gritty 1990 drama of dreads, drugs, and music business corruption.

102 mins United Kingdom Director. Laurens C. Postma

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Birmingham Teddy Boys 1973

As their club bites the dust are the Teddy Boys of Birmingham finding their creepers out of step with the more popular platform shoe?

5 mins United Kingdom

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Ton-up Boys 1962

Rockabilly racers rev up to do the illegal ton on the road.

8 mins United Kingdom

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The Moon Rally 1979

Come along to the Moon Rally - a weekend of bikes and bikers; riding, talking, drinking and dancing.

23 mins United Kingdom

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The Innocents 1962

An icon of Mod youth culture in the 1950s, the Lambretta scooter is on display as the Bromley club show off their skills.

1 mins United Kingdom

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British Graffiti 1992

Rockabilly passionates talk about their lifestyle and how they would prefer to live in the 1950s.

10 mins United Kingdom

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The Jah People 1981

Followers of the Rastafari way of life bring tales of Haile Selassie, Jah and Zion to the streets of inner-city Birmingham.

22 mins United Kingdom

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Barsham Faire 1974

In the 70s, Barsham Faire on August Bank Holiday became a tradition for many to celebrate things 'medieval' and raise funds for local arts events. It put Barsham on the map.

6 mins United Kingdom

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Dance Festival 1969

Join distracted onlookers at a protest “be-in” at Camden’s Roundhouse –alongside portraits of Lenin and a giant inflatable phallus.

22 mins United Kingdom

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Can I Have a Dragon Please? 1983 Not Rated

Perusing body embellishment in the early eighties, tattoo fans talk about their enthusiasm for staining skin long before it dominated Dalston.

11 mins United Kingdom

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Travelling for a Living 1966

This "musical profile of the Watersons" is a precious document of the British folk revival, much of it shot in their hometown, Hull.

38 mins United Kingdom Director. Derrick Knight

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Grove Carnival 1981

West London echoes to the sound of reggae and steel pans in this kaleidoscopic record of the 1980 Notting Hill Carnival.

19 mins United Kingdom Director. Henry Martin, Steve Shaw

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The Pixies of Ottery St Mary 1963

Pixies pop up everywhere before being banished once again from the town.

1 mins United Kingdom

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Citizens Banned 1981

Punks find their turf invaded by New Romantics in the final part of Captain Zip's seminal Video Trip.

11 mins United Kingdom Director. Phil Munnoch

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Squatparty 1981

Female punks have fun boozing, smoking and talking in this fascinating film by London lifestyle chronicler Captain Zip.

16 mins United Kingdom Director. Phil Munnoch

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Don't Dream It - See It 1978

The Kings Road punks go on a day trip - to 10 Downing Street! - in this edition of Captain Zip's Video Trip.

14 mins United Kingdom Director. Phil Munnoch

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We're No Angels
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We're No Angels 1979 Not Rated

The punks go shopping in this evocatively dingy entry in Captain Zip's seminal Video Trip.

15 mins United Kingdom

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Death Is Their Destiny
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Death Is Their Destiny 1978

Fascinating amateur footage of London punks, and a glimpse of fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, filmed on the King's Road in 1978.

14 mins United Kingdom Director. Phil Munnoch

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The Punk Kebab Documentary 1977

Subverted and amusing piece about the history of kebabs, infused with a punk flavour.

14 mins United Kingdom

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A Beautiful Way To Live 1971

Novelist Cressida Lindsay and Commune Movement pioneer Sarah Eno feature in this Anglia TV documentary about life in a commune.

24 mins United Kingdom

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Flower Power Interview
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Flower Power Interview 1967

Psychedelic freakouts in Cheltenham?

2 mins United Kingdom

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Nudists Stay Near Norwich
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Nudists Stay Near Norwich 1980 Not Rated

Where will The Mayor hang his chain?! The Sunlanders, a British naturist group, are staying at a camp near Norwich, Norfolk in 1980.

3 mins United Kingdom

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Iroquois Rain Dance 1984

Iroquois Earth Songs connect businessman to nature

4 mins United Kingdom

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Extremes 1971 Not Rated

In-your-face 70s documentary exploring the lives of Hell's Angels, hippies, skinheads, rudeboys, mods and drug addicts.

82 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Lytton, Anthony Klinger

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Tribe of the Sun 1972

The ill-fated dreams of Sid Rawls’ band of ‘ultra hippies’ attempting a self-sufficient communal life on John Lennon’s ‘Beatle Island’.

United Kingdom

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First Purpose-built Traveller's Site in Britain 1975

Does staying on a permanent site interfere with travellers' traditions? Travellers who live in caravans on a site in Wisbech speak to Anglia TV

2 mins United Kingdom

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Truro Carnival Week 1932

Trurorians enjoy street carnival celebrations

3 mins United Kingdom

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Haytor Love-in 1967

Hippies gather in Flower Power Love-in on Dartmoor’s Haytor

United Kingdom

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A Beatnik Community in St Agnes 1969

A Beatnik community sets up in St Agnes against local wishes

12 mins United Kingdom

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The Sidmouth Folk Festival 1970

International folk bands and troupes put on an act at Sidmouth

6 mins United Kingdom

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Frank at 'Cities in the Park' 1991

Sunday in the park with Frank Sidebottom and the Manchester music mob.

3 mins United Kingdom

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Spliffs, Joints and Pot 1965 Not Rated

A beat musician shoots up on camera in this straight-talking 1965 film about recreational drug use.

30 mins United Kingdom Director. Tony Moussoulides

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Purple Hearts 1964

This Week investigates amphetamine use in a discussion with young people. This edition also features a report on Cyprus.

29 mins United Kingdom

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Rag Week in Plymouth 1962

Student ragging acts increase funds for charities

1 mins United Kingdom

View The Privileged? The Pawns
The Privileged? The Pawns
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The Privileged? The Pawns 1968

What was it like for you? Exeter University Students reveal all.

20 mins United Kingdom

View The Privileged? The Loose Change
The Privileged? The Loose Change
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The Privileged? The Loose Change 1968

Loose change at the University of Exeter ensures growth and investment.

12 mins United Kingdom

View Other Worlds Are Watching Us
Other Worlds Are Watching Us
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Other Worlds Are Watching Us 1957

Do you believe in flying saucers? Intrepid investigator Dan Farson weighs up the evidence in this fascinating TV film.

14 mins United Kingdom Director. Geoffrey Hughes

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Honeymoon Hotel
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Honeymoon Hotel 1962

Honeymooning in Torquay is a communal affair.

7 mins United Kingdom

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Camp in Camden
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Camp in Camden 1971

Eye-opening record of an alternative summer camp for Camden youth by community group Inter-Action.

25 mins United Kingdom Director. Dick Foster

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The Seventh Day
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The Seventh Day 1957

Man about town Daniel Farson grills the Lord's Day Observance Society on their beliefs about appropriate Sunday activities.

14 mins United Kingdom Director. Geoffrey Hughes

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Manchester Spiritualists Procession
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Manchester Spiritualists Procession 1901

Exponents of Britain's newest religion don their Sunday best for a parade through Edwardian Manchester.

7 mins United Kingdom

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Little Malcolm 1974 15

Delusional revolutionary Malcolm Scrawdyke (John Hurt) leads his Party of Dynamic Erection in a battle against an unseen nemesis in this dark comedy.

110 mins United Kingdom Director. Stuart Cooper

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Quadrophenia 1979 18

The ultimate Mods vs Rockers clash, based on The Who’s double-album rock opera, stars Phil Daniels as a mod on an odyssey to Brighton.

117 mins United Kingdom Director. Franc Roddam

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The Moon over the Alley 1975 15

The Moon Over the Alley is a bizarre and compelling musical exploring the problems of multicultural Notting Hill residents in the early 1970s.

102 mins United Kingdom Director. Joseph Despins

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Witchcraft
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Witchcraft 1957

Witchcraft comes under scrutiny - is it just nudism in another guise?

14 mins United Kingdom Director. Geoffrey Hughes

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Knights Electric 1980

Four rowdy teen punks tussle with the girls they fancy in this energetic pop music film shot on the seafront at Great Yarmouth.

24 mins United Kingdom Director. Barney Broom

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The Party's Over 1963 12

The partying of a wild group of beatniks lead by Oliver Reed has shocking consequences. Written by Marc Behm, directed by Guy Hamilton and with music by John Barry.

94 mins United Kingdom Director. Guy Hamilton

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Winstanley 1975 PG

An authentic historical drama about the visionary Gerrard Winstanley who led a group of impoverished 'Diggers' to assert their common rights.

96 mins United Kingdom Director. Andrew Mollo, Kevin Brownlow

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Aldermaston 1962

A fascinating record of the 1962 Aldermaston March featuring Canon John Collins, Michael Foot and thousands of marchers of all ages.

25 mins United Kingdom

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Skinflicker 1972

Tony Bicât’s radical, found-footage record of a revolutionary act, in which three dissidents kidnap a cabinet and torture a cabinet minister.

44 mins United Kingdom Director. Tony Bicât

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Rolanda Polonsky, Sculptor
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Rolanda Polonsky, Sculptor 1971

Enter the imaginative world of acclaimed sculptor Rolanda Polonsky, a resident of Netherne Psychiatric Hospital, Surrey.

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Lionel Niskin

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That's the Way to Do It
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That's the Way to Do It 1982 Not Rated

A malevolent Mr Punch puppet goes on a murder spree after a teenage delinquent torments a seaside entertainer.

34 mins United Kingdom Director. Stanley A. Long

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Spirit of Albion
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Spirit of Albion 1987

On the road with New Age travellers: political disquiet in the apocalyptic years of the mid-80s.

58 mins United Kingdom Director. Richard Philpott

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Secret Rites 1971 18

'King of the Witches' Alex Sanders initiates doe-eyed Penny into the ways of his coven.

47 mins United Kingdom Director. Derek Ford

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Jayne Mansfield in Male Call
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Jayne Mansfield in Male Call 1967

Jayne Mansfield turns it on for the camera at the Webbington Country Club.

4 mins United Kingdom

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Knebworth Pop Festival
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Knebworth Pop Festival 1976

Free food' and 'free religion' is the mantra of some festival goers ahead of the Rolling Stones' appearance at Knebworth. And for the local publican, it's big business!

4 mins United Kingdom

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The Square 1957

An old man looks back wistfully over his years spent living in a King's Cross square, and enjoys a surprise skiffle party organised by neighbours.

17 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Winner

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Beat Girl 1960 12

A cult classic British film about late-fifties youth-rebellion set against an intoxicating Beatnik backdrop.

85 mins United Kingdom Director. Edmond T. Gréville

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Expresso Bongo
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Expresso Bongo 1959 12

Val Guest's 1959 London-shot Brit Beat classic charts the fortunes of aspiring musician Bert Rudge (Cliff Richard)

United Kingdom Director. Val Guest

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Design for Loving
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Design for Loving 1962

A grubby Soho beatnik becomes a fuzz-faced fashionista for a leading London fashion house in this 1960s rom com.

68 mins United Kingdom Director. Godfrey Grayson

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The Destructors 1983

Punk rebellion and anarchy with Peterborough-based punk band The Destructors, six years after their formation.

United Kingdom

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Pop Group Settle for Commune in the Country
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Pop Group Settle for Commune in the Country 1973

70's psych pop group, Global Village Trucking Company, have opted out of the rat race and now live in a commune in Norfolk. Anglia reports, 1973.

7 mins United Kingdom

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Some People
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Some People 1962 PG

Cult 1960s musical drama about a leather boy who forms a Shadows-style guitar band.

89 mins United Kingdom

View The Organ of a Thousand Moods
The Organ of a Thousand Moods
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The Organ of a Thousand Moods 1951

Enjoy pre-dinner cocktails in the company of organ maestro Nick Olson, tickling the ivories at Uncle Tom's Cabin, Minnis Bay, Birchington.

5 mins United Kingdom

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The Jah People 1981

Followers of the Rastafari way of life bring tales of Haile Selassie, Jah and Zion to the streets of inner-city Birmingham.

22 mins United Kingdom

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Discomania
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Discomania 1980

Nerdy teenage mummy's boy David dreams of wowing the girls with his disco dance moves - but alas he was born with two left feet.

25 mins Great Britain

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The Adventures of the Son of Exploding Sausage
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The Adventures of the Son of Exploding Sausage 1969

The Bonzo Dog Band freak out at the farm and strange sounds abound in this cheery, charmingly childlike stream-of-consciousness music short.

13 mins United Kingdom Director. David Korr

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Story of the Hare Who Lost His Spectacles
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Story of the Hare Who Lost His Spectacles 1973

Prepare to be freaked out big time by a thoroughly theatrical 1970s psych-prog-folk-rock fairy tale from English eccentrics Jethro Tull.

7 mins United Kingdom

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Beat Girl 1960 12

A cult classic British film about late-fifties youth-rebellion set against an intoxicating Beatnik backdrop.

85 mins United Kingdom Director. Edmond T. Gréville

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Shellshock Rock 1979

The Undertones and Stiff Little Fingers play live in this vivid music doc capturing all the vibrancy of the 1970s Northern Irish punk scene.

47 mins Northern Ireland Director. John T. Davis

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