Live Forever – The Rise and Fall of Britpop

Live Forever: The Rise and Fall of Brit Pop is a 2003 documentary film written and directed by John Dower. The documentary is a study of popular culture in the United Kingdom during the mid to late 1990s. The focus of the piece is British popular music (Britpop), which underwent a resurgence during the mid-1990s and then seemingly retreated with similar haste towards the end of that decade.
The political landscape of the time also features. Much is made of Tony Blair and New Labour’s efforts to align themselves with the distinctly British cultural resurgence that was underway. The documentary features a number of prominent UK musical and artistic figures, but relies heavily on contributions from Noel & Liam Gallagher of Oasis, Damon Albarn of Blur and Jarvis Cocker of Pulp. Other contributors include 3D from Massive Attack, Louise Wener from Sleeper, fashion designer Ozwald Boateng and modern artist Damien Hirst.

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  1. A bunch of crybaby leftists lacking real talent who never less are narcissistic to the core.

  2. What’s he say the greek girl wanted to do?? Sounds like he said she wanted to glue tite nits to her

  3. The best last line of any documentary or movie that I have ever seen. Good work!

  4. Labour came along all dressed up like M&M’s mummy’s reward for being so good under the big bad tories then Oasis like 60’s music repackaged as a football chant out of its mind confusion of can’t-tell-pissed-from-stoned-from-love-from-hate. Tattooing came along and saved the day — just write it across your knuckles, confusion over. There there. It was just the sign of the all new plastic bullshit Twittering fckbk times to come. You watch docs here about the horrors of the 3rd Reich. They were buried in fire. Our new generations are born buried in chocolatina supersize milkshake and their own obesity created at the expense of the third world. Blurr said something about it. Oasis carried on drowning. Cool Britannia. Ha. Like a flag, ..poor bunch of squares.

  5. Hard to believe they couldn’t see what a total tw*t Tony Blair was. The most Thatcherite leader labour’s ever had. Shame.

  6. As for the documentary it’s really just a collection of interviews with artists (most of whom Americans won’t recognize save for 2) without much information. All style no substance which is ironically the opposite of what made BritPop so attractive. Sadly there’s lots of America bashing in it…seriously, America’s the biggest music market, if these musicians decrying America didn’t sell well here they wouldn’t have made so much money. In that spirit, I’m taking my Blur CDs and microwaving them right now.

  7. just great. fab if you will.

  8. just great. fab if you will.