Saturday, March 17, 2012

Bookmarks: Jubilee

There's a great piece on WFMU's Beware Of The Blog about Derek Jarman's Jubilee; the ironic way that Vivienne Westwood complained about how it was a misuse of punk; why it took until 1986 that it started to hit its targets; and how Jarman probably knew more about the world than Westwood:

perhaps Jarman’s age and experience gave him a bit of perspective, since beyond incorporating all of the then-current punk buzzwords (“No Future!”), he also had the good sense to include elements of what had come before. The original score of the film is composed by Brian Eno, who, even though the first Roxy Music album had come out a scant six years before, was by then something of an elder statesman. Punk is traditionally thought of as a rejection of what rock had become in the early and mid-70s, but it didn’t come out of nowhere, and Eno’s groundbreaking avant-pop was a big influence (not that he ever stopped making waves; the same year Jubilee was released, he was producing Devo’s landmark debut, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!).