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Jason Blackmore

Records Collecting Dust II [Documentary] (2018)

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Three years after the first Records Collecting Dust, focused on what records West Coast punk rock artists were influenced by and what records they have in their personal collections, Jason Blackmore and the crew are back, but this time have taken these themes and underlying questions to the East Coast of the United State with Records Collecting Dust II.

Just like the first film, Records Collecting Dust II focuses on the collections of notable punk artists such as Ian Mackaye, John Joseph, Amy Pickering, Roger Miret, Brian Baker, Cynthia Connolly, Tom Lyle, Dave Smalley, and many more. The the story line of the film has a bit of a biographical arc to it. It starts off with each subject answering and showing what the first albums they bought were and what songs turned them on to music when they were young kids. Later they would answer questions about what radio stations, DJ’s and rock records they listened to as teenagers, a lot of which were Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and The Beatles interestingly.

About a half hour into the film is where the real fun begins. It is where these artists talk about who got them into punk and what their first punk albums were. Many of the interviewees talk about older family members and friends telling them to listen to Iggy Pop And The Stooges, Black Flag, The Ramones and The Clash. Some of them also talk about the first punk shows they attended as well. And later on is where they begin to show off their punk records that they have collected over the years, some of which were mind-blowing specimens like Minor Threat test pressings, (what look like) original Misfits 7-inches and a copy of The Velvet Under & Nico’s album signed by Lou Reed himself. Towards the end of the film the artists go into what their three most important records in their collections are in a pretty fun and light hearted way and what the last records they bought and listened to were.

Just like the first movie, Records Collecting Dust II is a simple film that generates fascinating results whether you are a record collector or not. While it is a sequel, it not the type of film where you need to watch the first installment in order understand the second — though I still very much stand by my recommendation of the first movie. Records Collecting Dust II is for the punk history nerd that is in all of us, especially those of us who are into the early New York and DC hardcore scenes. It’s a perfect film to sit back and relax to during a lazy weekend.