In the early 1980s, before raves, before Coachella, before Burning Man, a series of legendary performances took place in California. Bands like Sonic Youth, Einstürzende Neubauten, the Meat Puppets, and the Minutemen, performed for audiences in secret and unusual locations – most famously in the Mojave Desert – places that offered a unique anarchic opportunity where anything was possible. At the centre of it all was twenty-year-old Stuart Swezey, whose film tells the inspirational story of these DIY events. Killer archive footage and interviews with musicians, artists, and audiences, makes for an energizing documentary about a subculture that made pop-cultural history.
“To watch director Stuart Swezey’s essential documentary is to marvel at a dust-grimed Sonic Youth ripping through “Death Valley ’69” in the California desert long before anyone had heard of Coachella. It’s to sit there slack-jawed at the insanity of the Meat Puppets, caught losing their shit on a boat cruise a decade before Kurt Cobain tried to make them a household name with MTV Unplugged in New York. And it’s to understand not only the revolutionary power of German noise pioneers Einstürzende Neubauten as they turn sheet metal into sonic art, but also the seeds of multimedia blowouts like Burning Man.” - The Georgia Straight
Director Stuart Swezey will attend Revelation
Screens with the short film Down the Wrong Path.
Mon 9th, 6.15pm, Luna Leederville
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