Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Desolation Center (2019) Hits home video June 19

DESOLATION CENTER follows the tale of the Los Angeles based collective that sought to put on quality punk rock shows that the Los Angeles Police wouldn't raid. The eventually hit on the idea of doing shows in the desert. It was a move that would lead to Burning Man and other desert festivals.

An intriguing subject gets an okay treatment thanks to some organizational skills that seems to be the result of the filmmakers being too close to the subject. Yes, the filmmakers know what they are talking about but there is sense that we are coming into something after missing the first ten minutes. Several times in the film things are not explained beginning with why exactly was the police raiding the various shows? The only explanation given was that Daryl Gates was evil, but there has to be more. Since I haven't seen this since I covvered it for Sundance in 2019 I'm wondering if they tweaked it in the last year to make it clearer.

While I liked what is in the film I constantly felt like I was just missing something. Worth a look for LA punk fans.

1 comment:

  1. This did NOT lead to Burning Man; Larry Harvey and Jerry James built a man on Baker Beach in SF in 1986; each year the crowd got bigger and in 1990 the police wouldnt let them burn the man, so P Segal thought of the Black Rock Desert, and they took the man down and drove it to the desert, where Burning Man has taken place very year since 1990. It has nothing to do with punk rock or Desolation Center.