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NIGHTCLUBBING
THE ORIGINAL PUNK ROCK MUSIC VIDEO SERIES
by PAT IVERS and EMILY ARMSTRONG
Live videotaped performances from 1975-80

Described by the New York Times as, “The Lewis and Clark of rock video”, video artists Pat Ivers and Emily Armstrong spent their nights from 1975-80 documenting the burgeoning punk scene in nightclubs around New York City. Ivers and Armstrong were acutely aware of the significance of that era and their material captures the sprit of the time. The edited results were shown on their weekly cable TV show NIGHTCLUBBING. These performances have been compiled and presented as the ultimate wish-I-was-there document of the groundbreaking punk, new wave, no wave and hardcore movement.  

From their archive of nearly 100 bands, Pat Ivers and Emily Armstrong assembled a series of programs, which they screen in museums, art galleries and nightclubs. Taped on location at CBGB's, Mudd Club, Danceteria and other New York nightclubs, the programs features dynamic performances by Bad Brains, Ballistic Kisses, Max Blagg, Blondie, Bush Tetras, John Cale, Contortions, Cramps, Dead Boys, Dead Kennedys, DNA, Go Gos, Heartbreakers w/ Richard Hell, Heartbreakers, Voidoids, Levi and the Rockats Lounge Lizards, Offs, Iggy Pop, Pylon, Strange Party, Stilettos w/ Tish and Snooky, Suburbs, Suicide, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, Talking Heads and many others. After each screening the filmmakers include the audience in discussions and answer questions about that unique time in American culture.

"Ivers and Armstrong’s footage captures the rarest of contemporary attributes: authenticity."
RE Search, September 2000

"NIGHTCLUBBING offers a unique insight into a movement that had far more influence than the artists featured could ever have imagined. Grizzled New Yorkers often boast that their scene in the late 70’s was the coolest the world has ever seen, safe in the knowledge that no one under 40 will be able to contradict them. Until now, that is."
The Guardian, 2000

Now BLOGGING the
Nightclubbing Archive restoration process!

Join Pat Ivers and Emily Armstrong as they restore their Nightclubbing Archive and, via their blog, share video performances, interviews, photos and anecdotes that embody the late seventies punk rock scene. 

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