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The Green Day-produced documentary Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk is finally heading to home video and is getting a soundtrack release to boot.

Due out June 22, Turn It Around tells the story of the fruitful music scene that centered around the now legendary club 924 Gilman in Berkeley, Calif. Where Green day cut their teeth.  The film took some time to come together, and in a September 2017 interview with WMMR’s Pierre Robert, Billie Joe Armstrong explained the delay:  

“I think it has to do with just time for people to want to share their experiences and their stories and stuff like that…The thing about our scene that we come from, it’s like ‘Fight Club.’  It’s very local. So, people would ask about us about this scene when Green Day started getting big, and we didn’t really know how to talk about it.  And we were trying to just mostly be respectful to the other bands and activists and all that.

When we first got into punk, it was practically illegal.  You couldn’t book a punk band anywhere, so that’s why these backyard parties [were] kinda springing up in the Bay Area…When [924] Gilman was opened, it was like, ‘Okay, how can we keep this place open?’  So, people were contributing in a way, whether it was security or not drinking in the club. That’s what kinda kept the doors open for so many years, which made it a very special place…I think it’s the most interesting punk documentary.  I mean, I know I’m biased to it. It’s not just circled around the bands as stars [of the documentary] or anything like that; it’s mostly about the contributions of the fanzine editors [and] the activism that was going on.”

A variety of DVD/Blu-ray and soundtrack bundles in a variety of formats (including cassette) are available for pre-order at 1234GoRecords.com.

Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk

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Turn It Around:  The Story of East Bay Punk Soundtrack – Track Listing

Crimpshrine “Another Day”
Fang “I Wanna Be On TV”
Christ On Parade “Thoughts of War”
Special Forces “Berkeley Hardcore”
Corrupted Morals “Be All You Can Be”
Neurosis “United Sheep”
Sewer Trout “Wally and Beaver Go To Nicaragua”
The Lookouts “Mendocino Homeland”
Isocracy “Hippie Man”
Soup “Control”
Sweet Children “Sweet Children (Demo)”
MTX “At Gilman Street”
Sweet Baby “She’s From Salinas”
Kwik Way “Pacifica on Saturday”
Kamala and the Karnivores “Back To Bodie”
Jawbreaker “Equalized (Demo, J. Robbins Mix)”
Crimpshrine “Summertime”
Operation Ivy “Hedgecore”
Beatnigs “Television”
Operation Ivy “Unity”
Filth “The List”
Blatz “Berkeley Is My Baby (And I Wanna Kill It)”
Econochrist “Epidemic”
Spitboy “Sexism Impressed”
Yeastie Girlz “Yeast Power”
Nuisance “Dragonfly (Brouhaha version)”
Monsula “Firecracker”
Pinhead Gunpowder “Losers of the Year”
Pansy Division “Luv Luv Luv”
The Potatomen “On The Avenue”
Jawbreaker “Condition Oakland”
NOFX “I’m Telling Tim”
Rancid “Journey To The End of the East Bay”
Green Day “Welcome To Paradise (Kerplunk)”
The Armstrongs “If There Was Ever a Time”


Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well-versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice. #TransRightsAreHumanRights