Classic punk rock/hardcore music documentary directed by Penelope Spherris. In the early 80s, My skate rat friends and I watched this religiously along with the punk rock kids we knew. It definitely does not make you long for the life of a struggling hardcore musician. This film is lo-fi and ugly, no glamour what so ever. Its great!
Features interviews and performances from the original greats like Fear, Black Flag, X, Circle Jerks and many more.
Wikipedia says “The Decline of Western Civilization is an American documentary film filmed through 1979 and 1980. The movie is about the Los Angeles punk rock scene and was directed by Penelope Spheeris. In 1981, the LAPD Chief of PoliceDaryl Gates wrote a letter demanding the film not be shown again in L.A. Over the years the film has gained cult status.”