Monday, July 10, 2017

The Decline of Western Civilization (1981)

Director: Penelope Spheeris

Stars: Alice Bag Band, Alice Bag, Claude Bessey, Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Fear, Catholic Discipline, X

The Los Angeles punk music scene circa 1980 is the focus of this film. With Alice Bag Band, Black Flag, Catholic Discipline, Circle Jerks, Fear, Germs, and X.

This documentary takes a close look into the early LA punk scene. You get to heard interviews of the people going to the shows and see live performances from some of the bands. The bands included in the film are Black Flag, the Germs, X, Alice Bag Band, the Circle Jerks, Catholic Discipline, and Fear. The promotional poster for The Decline and the record cover of the soundtrack album featured a close-up frame of Germs singer Darby Crash supine on stage with his eyes closed. Crash died from a heroin-induced suicide shortly before the film was released The poster was designed before his death.

If you are into early punk rock, then this is a documentary that you need to see. The entire movie is a look into the life of punk rockers and some of the bands that they listened to. Enjoy.

The Decline of Western Civilization (1981) Trailer

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