Minor Treat: Acclaimed DC hardcore punk doc ‘Salad Days’ to screen in Somerville


Acclaimed documentary Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, D.C. is coming to Somerville next month.

The film, which premiered in New York City in November and then in Maryland in December is set for theatrical release next month. It will screen at the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square on March 27.

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.

Watch the trailer below…

Salad Days Official Trailer from Scott Crawford on Vimeo.