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Rokk í Reyjavík Turns 40

By Larissa Kyzer

Photo: Screenshot from Rokk í Reykjavík.

It’s been forty years since Friðrik Þór Friðriksson’s seminal documentary Rokk Í Reykjavík (Rock in Reykjavík) was first broadcast, RÚV reports.

The film celebrates the vibrant punk and new wave scene of Iceland’s capital in the early 80s (it was shot in 1981) and features live performances and interviews with 19 bands and artists, most famously a 16-year-old Björk, performing in her first serious band, Tappi Tíkarrass, as well as Bubbi Morthens in his band Egó, and the all-women quartet Grýlunar, headed by Ragga Gísladóttir.

As part of this weekend’s Easter programming, the Rás 2 radio program Rokkland will be dedicated to Rokk í Reykjavík on Easter Sunday. The channel’s Monday programming on the Easter Monday holiday will include interviews discussing the film’s impact and importance.

You can listen to the full soundtrack on YouTube here.

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