A 40-Year-Old Documentary on Punk and the Sex Pistols Has Finally Been Resurrected

It was forty years ago this month that the Sex Pistols launched their first and only tour of America, a roadtrip that ended with the group blowing up in San Francisco after just seven gigs. What many fans of the era don’t know is that filmmaker Lech Kowalski was along for the ride and attempt to capture as much of that tour as he could.

The result was a film called D.O.A.: A Right of Passage, made without the permission of the group or the record label. That made releasing it difficult. Outside of a brief appearance on home video in 1983 (plus a Japanese DVD release in 2003), the film has rarely been seen outside of bootlegs. Until now.

There’s a new Blu-ray edition available through MVD.  Here’s a trailer.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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