D.O.A.: A Rite of Passage

D.O.A.: A Rite of Passage

Director: Lech Kowalski

1980, 95 min

Program Notes

One Night Only! This incendiary look at punk’s origins is now theatrically available for the first time since the 1980s.
D.O.A. centers around the Sex Pistols’ ill-fated ’78 U.S. tour, which ended with the group infamously disbanding. This molotov cocktail of a film (produced by High Times Magazine) also features incredible, indelible live footage of fellow giants X-Ray Spex, Generation X w/ Billy Idol, Sham 69 and the Dead Boys. Director Lech Kowalski deftly weaves this raucous experience together with footage of edgy trends in the fashion capitals, punks of all shapes/sizes and silly naysaying from critics.
Most notoriously, D.O.A. contains one of the final interviews with Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen before their tragic deaths mere months later. This legendary sequence alone is worth the price of admission to any fan of rock ’n roll history.
“D.O.A….is as much of a Woodstock as punk may ever inspire.” — New York Times
“The Sex Pistols’ rendition of ‘God Save The Queen’ alone is worth the price of admission.” — Village Voice
“It’s the eerie Spungen-Vicious dialogue that will probably haunt most viewers.” — Rolling Stone