The Decline of Western Civilization (1981)

Director
Penelope Spheeris

Main cast
Alice Bag Band; Alice Bag; Claude Bessey; Black Flag; Don Bolles

Genres
Documentary, Music

Description
The Los Angeles punk music scene circa 1980 is the focus of this film. With Alice Bag Band, Black Flag, Catholic Discipline, Circle Jerks, Fear, Germs, and X.


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