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1. A rare and sometimes pricey documentary based on punk bands from the West Coast scene of the early 1980s.

2. A film with rare footage of bands such as the Germs, X, Fear, Catholic Discipline, Black Flag, The Alice Bag Band, and Circle Jerks.

3. Penelope Spheeris's footage of the early West Coast punk scene which ranges from obscure bands to better known bands of the scene of the time. Her work on the film shows the raw, gritty, and visceral era of punk rock. Interviews are conducted with fans who experienced the movement when it was something to be proud of. A film void of the big three of punk (Ramones, Clash, and Sex Pistols).

4. A must have for any person that has an interest in the old school punk scene.
Hey Frank, did you see the Decline of Western Civilization? I paid fifty bucks for my bootleg copy, but the footage was well worth it. It provided me with alot of great footage, interviews, and interesting facts of what the scene used to be like.
by Rick James D. September 13, 2005
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