Desolation Center Documentary Screenings in Hollywood, SF & Berkeley

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 9, 2019 07:55pm | Post a Comment

Desolation Center is the previously untold story of a series of early '80s guerrilla music and art Desolation Centerperformance happenings in Southern California that are recognized to have paved the way for 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.

Screenings start in Southern California on September 13th (Hollywood, Pasadena, and Santa Monica) and Northern California on September 20th (San Francisco and Berkeley). Check out more information on local screenings HERE.

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