Desolation Center (Dir. Stuart Swezey, 2018)


  • £18.99

Desolation Center is the previously untold story of a series of early-80's post-punk guerrilla music and art performance happenings in the desert of Southern California. The feature documentary splices interviews and rare performance footage of Sonic Youth, Minutemen, Meat Puppets, Swans, Redd Kross, Einstürzende Neubauten, Survival Research Laboratories, Savage Republic, Sacharrine Trust and more, documenting a time when pushing the boundaries of music, art, and performance felt almost like an unspoken obligation. 

Directed by Stuart Swezey, the creator and principal organiser of these unique events. Combining Swezey’s exclusive access to never-before-seen archival video, live audio recordings, and stills woven together with new cinematically shot interviews, verité footage and animated sequences, Desolation Center captures the spirit of the turbulent times from which these events emerged. 


  • US import 
  • 1h 33min feature-length documentary 
  • Region-free DVD 
  • Subtitles available in Chinese, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish 
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 & 2.0 Audio 



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