I’d been following the release of this documentary pretty closely. Unfortunately, I could not get tickets to the show and the premiere of the film was up in Silver Spring MD, which is not an easy trek from Alexandria VA. So, I’m glad that my sister-in-law got me off the couch to see the documentary. Who knows when it’ll make theaters in DC. So, seeing it in the main room at Black Cat was the next best thing.
“Salad Days is a documentary film that examines the early DIY punk scene in the Nation’s Capital. It was a decade when seminal bands like Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Government Issue, Scream, Void, Faith, Rites of Spring, Marginal Man, Fugazi, and others released their own records and booked their own shows – without major record label constraints or mainstream media scrutiny. Contextually, it was a cultural watershed that predated the alternative music explosion of the 1990s (and the industry’s subsequent implosion). Thirty years later, DC’s original DIY punk spirit serves as a reminder of the hopefulness of youth, the power of community and the strength of conviction…”