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Moshe 01.23.2020 02:42 AM

Desolation Center
Desolation Center documentary adds more dates: FREE

DESOLATION CENTER is the previously untold story of a series of early 80s guerrilla music and art performance happenings in Southern California that are recognized to have inspired Burning Man, Lollapalooza and Coachella, collective experiences that have become key elements of popular culture in the 21st century. The feature documentary splices interviews and rare performance footage of Sonic Youth, Minutemen, Meat Puppets, Swans, Redd Kross, Einstürzende Neubauten, Survival Research Laboratories, Savage Republic and more, documenting a time when pushing the boundaries of music, art, and performance felt almost like an unspoken obligation.

Directed by Stuart Swezey, the creator and principal organizer of these unique events, DESOLATION CENTER demonstrates how the risky, and at times even reckless, actions of a few outsiders can unintentionally lead to seismic cultural shifts. Combining Swezey’s exclusive access to never-before-seen archival video, live audio recordings, and stills woven together with new cinematically shot interviews, verité footage and animated sequences, DESOLATION CENTER captures the spirit of the turbulent times from which these events emerged.

Moshe 01.24.2020 04:22 AM

IFC added a Q + A to their February 26 screening of Desolation Center.

The Q&A at 7:30pm on Wed Feb 26 with director Stuart Swezey, co-producer Mariska Leyssius, Lee Ranaldo (Guitarist/Sonic Youth), and Steve Shelley (Drummer/Sonic Youth, Thurston Moore Group) will be moderated by Paul Rachman (director American Hardcore; co-founder Slamdance Festival).

The Soup Nazi 01.25.2020 05:26 PM

Many thanks, Moshe. Hopefully it will be available somehow to those of us who aren't even remotely close to the screenings locations... By the way, where are we on Lance Bangs' Daydream Nation documentary? DVD? Vimeo? Nugs? Wot?

hirsute_biped 03.26.2020 09:57 PM

YouTube channel for the film with trailers and some Q&A sessions from some screenings, NYC with Lee and Steve. Looks like I missed some screenings, been sooooo busy. Adulting is hard.

hirsute_biped 03.29.2020 11:52 AM

Minutemen & Meat Puppets at Joy At Sea event in San Pedro Harbor

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