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Roxie Theater: Desolation Center

September 22, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on September 23, 2019 at 7:00 pm

One event on September 24, 2019 at 9:15 pm

One event on September 25, 2019 at 9:00 pm

One event on September 26, 2019 at 9:30 pm

Panel Discussions!
– After the Fri, Sept 20 at 9:30 show:Mark Pauline (Survival Research Labs), John Law (Co-Founder of Burning Man) & Maw Shein Win with director Stuart Swezey. Moderated by
Joseph Bien-Kahn (VICE).
– After the Thurs., Sept 26 at 9:30 show:

Q&A w/ director Stuart Swezey & producer Mariska Leyssius. Moderated by V. Vale (RE/Search Publications).

Co-Sponsored by
City Lights & Amoeba Records & RE Search Publications!

DESOLATION CENTER is the previously untold story of a series of early 80s guerrilla music and art performance happenings in Southern California that are recognized to have paved the way for Burning Man, Lollapalooza and Coachella, collective experiences that have become key elements of popular culture in the 21st century. 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 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 organizer of these unique events, DESOLATION CENTER demonstrates how the risky, and at times even reckless, actions of a few outsiders can unintentionally lead to seismic cultural shifts. 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.

Directed by Stuart Swezey. With Perry Farrell, Mike Watt, Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, Mark Pauline, Blixa Bargeld, Steven & Jeff Mcdonald, Curt & Cris Kirkwood and many more. 2019. DCP. 93 mins.


September 22, 2019
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Roxie Theater
3117 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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(415) 863-1087