MVD Entertainment Group has struck a deal with U.K. production and sales outfit Moviehouse Entertainment to bring the music-themed documentary Here to Be Heard: The Story of the Slits to North America.
The title is available July 6 at $21.95 on DVD.
The documentary examines the world’s first all-girl punk band formed in London in 1976. As contemporaries of The Clash and The Sex Pistols, the band has been credited with pioneering the musical movement known as “Punky Reggae.” Here to Be Heard tells the complete story of The Slits and the lives of the women involved, from the beginning to the band’s end in 2010 with the death of lead vocalist Ari Up. The documentary features appearances by Viv Albertine (Slits guitarist), Ari Up (Slits vocalist), Palmolive (Slits founder/first drummer), Tessa Pollitt (Slits bassist), Bruce Smith (Slits Second/PIL Drummer), Hollie Cook (Slits vocals/keys/percussion), Vivien Goldman (NYU’s punk professor), Don Letts (former Slits manager and punk rock documentarian), Dennis Bovell (album producer), Paul Cook (Sex Pistols drummer), Gina Birch (Raincoats bass), Adrien Sherwood (producer/long-time friend of the band) and many more.
The DVD package includes previously unseen footage of the band, as well as photographs and newspaper clippings.