The Decline of Western Civilization 1 and 3

Mississippi Records, Wyrd War, and the Hollywood Theatre present a double feature of digital restorations of THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION Parts 1 and 3, with director Penelope Spheeris in attendance!

PART 1 (1981): Their message is brutally clear: destroy the old and make way for the new. This is the punk’s violent revolution. This film is a riveting, unflinching account of the punk rock phenomenon and its alienated, reactionary subculture. This fierce, bleak portrait documents L.A.’s infamous punk bands as they perform on stage and discuss their lives, music, and philosophy off stage. Through interviews with punk fans, music critics, and club owners, it is a crucial, compelling statement of the most influential youth movement and musical transformation of the past three decades. Including performances by X, Circle Jerks, Black Flag, Fear, Catholic Discipline, Germs, and Alice Bag Band.

PART 3 (1998): Whereas the first installment of the trilogy concerned itself with the birth of a new music genre, PART 3 focuses on the lifestyles and backgrounds of the fans. Many of them are homeless or occupy squats as their living quarters. They simultaneously evoke emotions of deep empathy and severe disdain, as they present a subculture that is impossible to ignore. The film delves into the underside of this subculture to indicate that Johnny Rotten’s “No Future” reference has taken on a new meaning. A seldom seen picture of life and death on the back streets of Hollywood.


Sunday, August 9