Ann Arbor Film Festival: The Decline of Western Civilization I co-sponsored by WCBN
Documentary, Feature Length, Filmmaker in Attendance, Historic Film, Special Presentations
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.