I just thought of this film made by Kral:
He also did another more popular film around the same time with Amos Poe called Blank Generation.
Night Lunch consisted of footage shot by Kral at various NYC shows during 1974-75. It's probably the first time a lot of the early New York Punk bands were ever documented on film, but there's also a lot of footage of mainstream acts playing live like Faces, Queen, Bowie, even George Harrison on his '74 Dark Horse tour.
I went to what might have been the only L.A. screening ever in 1976 at the Fox Venice theater (on a bill with Mad Dogs and Englishmen). The people who were there as Joe Cocker fans were bewildered, because it's really more like a home movie, shot in what looks like Super-8, and SILENT too. To make up for the lack of live sound, records of each group were played. I remember the footage of the Faces show had an out-of-sync "Too Bad" from A Nod Is As Good As A Wink playing behind it (and I'm certain that all the music was not licensed. Which is probably why this film never screened anywhere again)
There aren't any shots of the Stones in this trailer, but for some reason I thought it had footage of them during the TOTA in '75. Memory gets a little strange at times. I might have mixed up that impression with another memory of a guy I saw at the July 10 Forum Stones show who was shooting home movies with his camera up on a tripod that he held up over his head who kept running up the floor to get shots closer to the stage
As a portrait of those years, I always thought Night Lunch was important because it didn't view the roots of Punk as this separate either/or thing that was disconnected from Rock in general. Just because this new approach was developing didn't mean that you had to hate everything from before (which was kind of the idea that started in England a little later) Like Rock Scene magazine which documented the New York music world in print, for music fans it was all one big thing, and all good.
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