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The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (1988)

Documentary showcase, what life was like for the music artists living during the Los Angeles Heavy Metal scene in the mid and late 1980s.

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Documentary showcase, what life was like for the music artists living during the Los Angeles Heavy Metal scene in the mid and late 1980s.

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It's more than music...it's a way of life.

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24 August 1989 (Australia)  »

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O Declínio da Civilização do Ocidente - Os Anos do Metal  »

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$500,000 (estimated)

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$373,743 (USA)
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Trivia

According to the commentary on the 2015 Shout! Factory home video release, one of the men in the audience members in the "Miss Gazzarri" scene is Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali. See more »

Goofs

On the Blu-ray Disc menus, under commentary, Nadir D'Priest (singer from London) is incorrectly referred to as "THE Nadir D'Priest." See more »

Quotes

Alice Cooper: Rock and roll should corrupt kids enough to think. There's nothing wrong with thinking.
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Featured in 50 Documentaries to See Before You Die: Episode 1 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Under My Wheels
Written by Michael Bruce (as Bruce), Dennis Dunaway (as Dunaway) and Robert Ezrin (as Ezrin)
Performed by Alice Cooper / Axl Rose, Slash and Izzy Stradlin
Carlin Music Corp.
Produced by Jim Faraci
Mixed by Eric 'E.T.' Thorngren
ALICE COOPER appears Courtesy of MCA Records
W. AXL ROSE, SLASH and IZZY appear Courtesy of GEFFEN Records
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Captivating.
14 September 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A rock documentary ranging from interviews with seen-it-all veterans such as Ozzy Osbourne, Gene Simmons, Steven Tyler, to the up-and-comers of the era such as Faster Pussycat, Poison, and London. A revealing and fascinating chronicle on the 1980s scene of excess.

In retrospect, the film is actually funny in spots. Newbies such as London, Odin, and Seduce were quoted as saying "I will make it as a rock star" when asked what will happen if they don't make it. "We WILL make it." Amusing that they disappeared forever just months after this movie (and those statements) was made.

*** out of ****. Out of print and tough to find, but well worth the effort.

MPAA: Rated R for graphic, pervasive language and brief nudity.


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