Video of the Day: New York Dolls-Soundtracked 1979 Graffiti Doc


Any time the New York Dolls, street art, and experimental film converge, we’re interested. So we’re grateful to World of Wonder for pointing us to “Ism Ism,” a 1979 super-8 short that pairs the Dolls’ “Bad Girl” and “Subway Train” with subversive graffiti and collages from around New York City. Recently recovered by the wonderful folks at Anthology Film Archives, the six-minute film was directed by Manuel de Landa, a heavily Deleuze-influenced professor and philosopher of science who spent much of the late ’70s and early ’80s making lo-fi shorts. The quality of the video below isn’t top-notch, but if you find vintage New York subcultures fascinating (and who doesn’t?), then it’s absolutely worth watching.