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The Big Screen: The Decline of Western Civilization
by Stephen Becker 19 Aug 2015

This week, we revisit the punk and glam-metals scenes of the 1980s, the subject of a stellar music trilogy showing this weekend at the Texas Theatre.

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Darby Crash of the Germs in The Decline of Western Civilization. Photo: Shout Factory

Darby Crash of the Germs in The Decline of Western Civilization. Photo: Shout Factory

BIG SCREEN LOGO FOR POSTIn 1980, documentarian Penelope Spheeris turned her camera on the hardcore punk scene in Los Angeles. Later, she captured the 80s hair-metal trend before returning to punk to create the Decline of Western Civilization trilogy. Spheeris will visit the Texas Theatre this weekend to show the newly-restored films, and this week, we talk about these works of rock ‘n’ roll anthropology.

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