The Decline of Western Civilization

A Documentary on Punk Music


Different from the scene in NYC, if only because of geographic location, Penelope Spheeris’ Decline of Western Civilization documents LA punk in California. With footage from bands, including X, FEAR, and others, this film dissects the punk bands and culture in LA.

A Punk Landmark: CBGB

Where the punk scene broke out in NYC

indexBy the early seventies, as punk and underground rock crashed New York City’s music scene, a local bar opened for business. CBGB— which stood for Country, Bluegrass, & Blues— was founded in 1973 by a man named Hilly Kristal. With intent to run a place where people could enjoy live music and good company, Kristal’s bar soon turned into a hot spot for musical lovers abound.  While many bands shuffled through the doors of CBGB, several found success and lived out their musical careers onstage. Punks took up residency, as they watched groups like The Ramones, Blondie, & Talking Heads perform time and again. Continue reading “A Punk Landmark: CBGB”