“A sharp exploration into what made D.C. punk tick, and how it continues to inspire.” –MTV News
“An enlightening Documentary.” –The New York Times
“Salad Days is a sweat-drenched, scream-sung ode to D.I.Y empowerment…” –Mass Appeal
A DECADE OF PUNK IN WASHINGTON, DC (1980-90)
“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.
– Washingtonian Magazine
SALAD DAYS Director/writer Scott Crawford is a music journalist, musician and graphic designer. As a teenager in the DC suburbs, he started a fanzine called Metrozine that documented much of what was happening in the DC hardcore punk scene in the 1980s.