Desolation Center


Desolation Center

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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 (12) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (12)

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

    Sep 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…
  • 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.

    Oct 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.

    Sep 19, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's not fair to hold isolated events responsible for the things they inspire, which is why it's okay to revel in Stuart Swezey's documentary Desolation Center even knowing the events it relates led to Burning Man, and Burners ruin everything.

    Sep 19, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Desolation Center captures an amazing period of time where punks were creating truly unique music, and it seemed as though anything was possible.

    Sep 16, 2019 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

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