‘Salad Days’ Rock Doc Embraces DC Hardcore; Premieres Friday [Video]

Posted on: November 13th, 2014 at 9:20 am by
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The Washington, D.C. hardcore scene of the eighties finally gets its due and proper. Sick of second fiddle, the new rock documentary – Salad Days: The Birth of Hardcore Punk in the Nation’s Capital – makes the case for the massive significance of the capital in shaping the genre and its DIY aesthetic. Filmmaker Scott Crawford is behind the effort, which has been more than two years in the making.

The so-called world premiere of Salad Days is Friday evening (November 14) as part of the DOC NYC film festival. There will be a Q&A post-screening with Director Scott Crawford & producer Jim Saah. Also expected to attend: film subjects Michael Hampton (S.O.A., Embrace), Tom Lyle (Government Issue), Bert Queiroz (Untouchables, Double-O, Youth Brigade), Jenny Toomey (Tsunami, Simple Machines Records). Don’t get your hopes up, though. It’s sold out…

Here’s an excerpt from the website.

SALAD DAYS: The Birth of Hardcore Punk in the Nation’s Capital is a documentary-in-progress that examines the fertile Washington, DC punk scene of the 1980s. This was a particularly important time in the evolution of punk and independent music, with DC based bands like Minor Threat, Bad Brains, Black Market Baby, the Faith, the Slickee Boys, Void, Government Issue, Marginal Man, Dag Nasty, 9353, Gray Matter, Beefeater, Scream, Rites of Spring, Fugazi, Shudder to Think, Nation of Ulysses, Jawbox and others defining the DC aesthetic. Local record labels like Dischord, Fountain of Youth, Teen Beat, and Simple Machines would become standard-bearers for the DIY revolution.

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