The look at DC’s influential music scene features original archived video and more than 100 interviews, including takes from John Stabb, Ian MacKaye, Henry Rollins, Dave Grohl, Alec MacKaye, and more.
Here’s the description of the doc, which takes its name from a 1985 EP and song from Minor Threat:
“Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-90)” is a documentary film that 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.