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Fri, March 28, 5:00pm

Penelope Spheeris: “The Decline of Western Civilization”

Michigan Theater (Main Auditorium)

Penelope Spheeris’s cult documentary on the Los Angeles punk rock scene. Filmed throughout 1979 and 1980, Decline features concert footage of legendary Los Angeles punk bands Black Flag, Germs, X, Alice Bag Band, Circle Jerks, and Fear. Interviews with band members, the publishers of Slash fanzine, and with the punks who made up their audience offers a look into a subculture that was largely ignored by the rock music press of the time.

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The Decline of Western Civilization

(Penelope Spheeris, 1981) 100 min

The Decline of Western Civilization is a ragingly vital work, a blistering, vividly insightful and energetic portrait of the Los Angeles punk scene (and, by extension, the city’s -- and...