On April 18th, the Hollywood Theater will delve into one of the most influential eras of American music with Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-90).
The documentary film from Scott Crawford 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.
Salad Days will screen at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. Tickets are $8, $10 at the door, and are available for purchase at Showclix.