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Watch ‘Salad Days’, the documentary exploring a pioneering decade of punk

With music venues, cinemas and theatres all remaining closed amid strict social distancing measures, we’re dipping back into the Far Out Magazine archives to deliver a much-needed source of light entertainment.

Looking back at a pioneering period of musical change, Salad DaysA Decade of Punk in Washington, a documentary written and directed by Scott Crawford, explores a culturally significant time in the development of a vital genre.

The film, which addresses the growth and the social, cultural and political aspects that influenced the hardcore punk music scene of the time, features numerous footage shot and photos of the hardcore movement.

The documentary also features interviews with early hardcore punk music artists from bands and influential figures of the time. Having been released in 2014, the project was funded by a Kickstarter charity drive. The likes of Henry Rollins, Thurston Moore, Dave Grohl and many more famous names feature as interviewees.

Exploring the music scene over the decade between 1980-1990, director Crawford included the likes of Minor Threat, Fugazi, Bad Brains, and others.

The synopsis reads: “Stemming from the heart of the political machine in the United States, a subculture of disaffected youth begin a cultural revolution that shaped the punk rock sound of the 1980s. From Bad Brains to Black Flag, this is how their rebellion was born.”

You can watch the film in full, here:

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