'1991: The Yeaer Punk Broke'

The fabled rock documentary “1991: The Year Punk Broke” — chronicling Sonic Youth’s tour of Europe that year with opening act Nirvana — finally will be released on DVD this fall in a special 20th anniversary edition featuring 42 minutes of bonus performances and other off-stage material.

The film’s director, Dave Markey of We Got Power Films, says Universal Music is releasing the DVD — which also features footage of Dinosaur Jr, Ramones, Babes in Toyland and Gumball — sometime this fall. It will feature commentary by Markey and Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, as well as rough edits and a photo slideshow.

Of most interest to fans, though, is a new 42-minute “bonus movie” called “(This is Known As) The Blues Scale,” featuring previously unreleased Sonic Youth and Nirvana performances of the songs “Inhuman,” “White Kross,” “Orange Rolls/Angel’s Spit,” “Eric’s Trip,” “Chapel Hill” and “In Bloom,” plus “plenty of revelatory and rockin’ (and hilarious) never-before-seen off-stage and on-stage material.”

There’s plenty of footage from “The Year Punk Broke” uploaded online from old VHS copies — check out the clip of Sonic Youth playing “Schizophrenia” from the film below — and you can stream three segments of the new, unreleased footage here.

UPDATE 7/13/11: Sonic Youth today announced that the “1991: The Year Punk Broke” DVD will be released Sept. 6. More details here.

Watch Sonic Youth play ‘Schizophrenia’ in ‘1991: The Year Punk Broke’ after the jump…

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