Heads up. You’ll want to set those digital video recorders if you have plans Saturday night, August 11th, because at 9pm VH1 premieres its upcoming special NYC ’77 :: The Coolest Year In Hell. It promises to chronicle the story of one of the “most astonishing pop culture years in American history.” I’ll bite.
Details: “Executive Produced by Academy Award Nominee Nanette Burstein (“The Kid Stays in the Picture”), “NY77: The Coolest Year In Hell” is a two-hour documentary that tells the story of one astonishing year in New York City history. Premiering Saturday, August 11 at 9PM*, the documentary is told chronologically and weaves together the stories of the emergence of hip hop, punk and disco, graffiti art, and sexual liberation. In the background are the major political events and social issues of the day — crime, urban decay, financial woes, the infamous blackout, drugs, Son of Sam, the bitter mayoral election and the overall poverty that gripped the city.” (via: PR Newswire)
Here are some NYC-centric tracks, from 1977, that are sure to grace the film either explicitly or by proxy. Hey ho, let’s go…
MP3: The Ramones :: Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
MP3: Television :: Marquee Moon
MP3: Blondie :: X-Offender
MP3: Talking Heads :: Uh-Oh, Love Comes to Town
Website: NYC ’77 :: The Coolest Year In Hell