Influential alt-rockers Sonic Youth are set to mark the 30th anniversary of their 1988 landmark double-album, Daydream Nation, with an event that features three films and “unseen gems from the band’s archives,” according to a statement.
Dubbed ‘Sonic Youth: 30 Years of Daydream Nation’, the programme takes place on 20 October in Portland, Oregon, at the Hollywood Theatre. Drummer Steve Shelley, filmmaker Lance Bangs and Sonic Youth archivist Aaron Mullan will be in attendance to present the programme.
The night will include excerpts from Lance Bangs’ new film named after the album, which features footage of the band performing Daydream Nation in Glasgow in 2007 interwoven with fragments of personal Super8mm and 16mm from his archives of Sonic Youth through the decades.
Charles Atlas’ 1989 documentary, Put Blood in the Music, about New York’s downtown art and downtown music scene, will also be screened during the programme. It was his first documentary. In addition, On Rust, which features early Sonic Youth performances that aired on Dutch television, is set to be shown during the Portland event.
“I thought it was at a really critical moment for Sonic Youth. We went to great expense to record live performances, because I wouldn’t dare ask them to mime to playback,” Atlas said of Put Blood In The Music in a statement. “But then shortly afterward they signed with Geffen and there they were…
“It was also the moment before the band had really gotten their press image totally together. Thurston [Moore] was already like a late-night talk show host, but when they went more mainstream they got that part of their stuff together more,” he continued. “So it was interesting, because it was quite real. And I was quite naïve, in that it was really only later that I realized how complicated band dynamics are.”
Recognised as one of Sonic Youth’s greatest recordings, Daydream Nation attracted widespread critical acclaim, with Rolling Stone’s Robert Palmer declaring that the record presented “the definitive American guitar band of the Eighties at the height of its powers and prescience.”
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