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The Decline of Western Civilization

  • Release Date: Jul 01, 1981
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  • Runtime: 1 hr. 40 min.
  • Genres: Documentary
  • Director:Penelope Spheeris


The performers, attitudes, and music of late '70s, early '80s Los Angeles punk scene are documented in this film by director [[Performer~P112314~Penelope Spheeris~penelopespheeris]]. Not merely a compilation of concert footage, The Decline of Western Civilization compiles numerous viewpoints on the meanings of the punk movement, from journalists -- one of whom calls punk the folk music of the 1980s -- to club security guards, to the punks themselves. The center of the film, however, is the music, which...more