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Hundreds of Punks hit the

Desert.  The modern music

festival was born.

M A G A Z I N E

History of L.A.s Most Legendary
Bygone Music Festivals.
By Bennett Kogan

Boston Hassle by Oscar Goff

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“a perfect representation of where the American punk scene was heading at the mid-point of the ’80s”

"a series of important but overlooked shows – nothing like it has been attempted since."
How a 20-Year-Old Punk Kid & the Minutemen Pioneered Mainstream Music Festival Culture By: Joseph Bien-Kahn
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“the magic of the shows is that . . .

they were raw, they were real,

and, most importantly, they were

completely original”

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“somehow manages, against almost

impossible odds, to capture the power

of events that revolutionized pop music

as we knew it.”

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“a fascinating glimpse at the emergence of a phenomenon.”

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"hot ticket"

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“a series of site-specific concerts in Southern California once offered an alternative, wildly independent vision”

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“a consortium of post-punk aficionados who resisted the concept of money-making in favor of truly egalitarian experimental live shows”

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“these desert shows would go on to shape and influence marquee US music festivals, with Burning Man taking direct inspiration.”

“Swezey was in many ways a trailblazer”

“fantastic new documentary”

ARTILLERY MAGAZINE:  Bunker Vision

The Middle of Nowhere    by Skot Armstrong 

"If you recently spent a small fortune to attend a cultural event in a desert locale, it probably contains DNA from a series of conceptual concerts that were staged in the Los Angeles area between 1983 and 1985".

Photo of Mojave Auszug, 1984. VAN STUCK IN SAND -  By Scot Allen.