Desolation Center

2018, 90 minutes

Before Lollapalooza, Burning Man or Coachella, Desolation Center brought punk and industrial music fans in rented school buses into the Mojave Desert for performances that the LA Weekly described as “like some bizarre ritual at the end of the world.”

The untold story of a series of Reagan-era guerrilla punk and industrial desert happenings in Southern California that are now recognized as the inspiration for Burning Man, Lollapalooza, and Coachella. Interviews and rare performance footage of Sonic Youth, Minutemen, Meat Puppets, Redd Kross, Einstürzende Neubauten, Survival Research Laboratories, Savage Republic, Swans and more.



Members of mandy who have been involved in Desolation Center

  • Jeremy Royce · Cinematographer
    • Desolation Center
    • Mu Productions
  • Lisa Janssen · Archival Producer
    • Desolation Center
    • Mu Productions

Other people involved in Desolation Center

  • Jeremy Royce · Cinematographer
    • Desolation Center
    • Mu Productions
  • Lisa Janssen · Archival Producer
    • Desolation Center
    • Mu Productions