Desolation Center

Dokus
Independent
| 95
English
| English German

This is the untold story of a series of Reagan-era guerrilla desert happenings, that included performances by the bands Sonic Youth, Minutemen, Meat Puppets and Einstürzende Neubauten. When punk rock hit it big in the early ’80s, DIY promoter Stuart Swezey sought to take the homegrown movement out of L.A.’s nightclubs and away from the oppressive police force who aimed to dismantle it. This doc tells how the risky, and at times even reckless, actions of a few outsiders can unintentionally lead to seismic cultural shifts and laid the groundwork for festivals like Burning Man, Lollapalooza and Coachella. "A series of important but overlooked shows - nothing like it has been attempted since." (Rolling Stone)