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Desolation Center (2019)




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The untold story of Reagan-era guerrilla desert happenings now recognized as the inspirations for Burning Man, Lollapalooza, and Coachella including Sonic Youth, Minutemen, Meat Puppets, Swans, Einstürzende Neubauten, and more.


Critic Reviews for Desolation Center

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (3)

Swezey's film confirms that his scene's flame is still burning.

October 24, 2019 | Full Review…

Swezey's film is a historical record of this short-lived time and this singularly L.A. scene.

September 12, 2019 | Full Review…

Offers a fascinating glimpse at the emergence of a phenomenon that was, back then, simultaneously modest and radical, and that has now, in the era of #Beychella, become a part of mainstream culture.

May 3, 2018 | Full Review…

Tells the story of a turbulent era that may have been the counterculture's last hurrah before it was hopelessly commodified.

November 1, 2019 | Full Review…

Even if time has softened interviewees once so set on blowing up boulders or destroying power tools to create art, Desolation Center carves its documentary niche with no apologies.

October 2, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Desolation Center illuminates a short-lived but absolutely momentous time when the Mojave beckoned, free of charge and front-loaded with anarchic artistic overload.

September 19, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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