Desolation Center

Desolation Center

95 mins | United States | 2019

Director: Stuart Swezey
Producer: Stuart Swezey
Cast: Perry Farrell, Thurston Moore, Mike Watt, Blixa Bargeld, Lee Ronaldo, Curt Kirkwood, Cris Kirkwood, Steven McDonald, Jeff McDonald, Mark Pauline, Stuart Swezey
Release Year: 2019
Language: English (United States)
Subtitle: English (United States),French (Canada),Italian (Italy),portugues
Country: United States
Genre: Documentary

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.