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Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-90)

Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-90) FFF 2015
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  • Directed by: Scott Crawford
  • USA, 2014, 103 minutes
  • In English
  • Florida premiere
  • Rated NR

Punk rock’s birth is usually set around 1976 (though fans of the Stooges, Velvets, and Dolls will debate that). Nirvana’s ascent to stardom brought punk to the mainstream in the early 1990s. Connecting those two signposts—and deeply influencing the latter—sits Washington DC’s punk scene of the 1980s, when bands like Minor Threat, Bad Brains, Void, Shudder to Think, and Fugazi invented “straight edge” and created a militantly homegrown scene in which players booked their own shows, released their own records, and ignored major labels and mainstream media. The bands were often ephemeral bursts of suburban teen rage too uncompromising to exist for long, but their DIY ethos influenced all things alternative and community-minded to this day. SALAD DAYS is a definitive portrait of this insular yet revolutionary music scene, featuring rare footage of all the bands plus interviews with major players like Henry Rollins, Ian MacKaye, Thurston Moore, and Dave Grohl. Like punk rock itself, SALAD DAYS is not for the musically faint of heart, but hardcore fans will rejoice at the chance to relive DC’s moment in the musical spotlight.