Well, the digital screeners of Scott Crawford and Jim Saah‘s Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-90) has been sent out to all Kickstarter backers and I had a chance to watch it tonight. What can I say? It was well worth the wait even though I’d preferred if those that helped fund it could’ve had a chance to see it before it started making the rounds on festivals etc. But, again, having seen the final results I gotta say it’s cool.
Starting in the late 1970’s with early bands like The Bad Brains (it’s nice to see scenesters like Henry Rollins and Ian MacKaye stress how important they were to inspire other musicians to start their own bands), the documentary kind of follows the Dischord Records‘ outfits (with some exceptions) and offers in-depth interviews with pretty much everyone on the DC scene.
It’s all here. The early bands, the violence that was pretty much an every day occurrence for punkers back then, the birth of sXe (straight edge), the so-called “revolution summer” and birth of emo – everything up to the early 90s with Nirvana taking a leap out of the post-hardcore scene and onto major mainstream success. This sounds great, looks great and (thankfully) steers clear from that self-congratulatory masturbation you sometimes see in documentaries.
I gotta admit, after watching it, I felt pretty damn proud to have taken a small part in this documentary happening. Check out the trailer on Vimeo, you can buy it for $12,99 or wait for the DVD to be released in September. Official Facebook here.