These are good days for punk / hardcore docs, seems every week a trailer for a new one drops, covering such subject matter as Bad Brains, Straight Edge & the DC hardcore scene amongst other things. Well now we can add a Circle Jerks documentary to that list as well.
As you know we’re big fans of OFF! here at Louder Than War & as you’ll also no doubt know OFF!’s lead singer is Keith Morris, formerly of LA hardcore band Circle Jerks – a hugely influential hardcore band who formed in LA in 1979 featuring ex-members of Black Flag. Just yesterday a trailer appeared on Youtube for a new documentary about said band.
The film was directed by David Markey and is set for release on September 25, 2012.
In the “More information” box on Youtube you can find this description:
From the beginning, LA punk band the Circle Jerks were rooted in controversy. Formed by ex members of Black Flag and Red Cross (now Redd Kross) in late 1979, the band came to encapsulate the image, sound and energy of California Hardcore Punk. Filmmaker David Markey (1991: The Year Punk Broke, The Slog Movie) mixes in-depth interviews, rare live footage and historical perspective to illustrate the story of one of the most influential bands in the American underground. My Career as a Jerk follows the band from their early days and classic debut to navigating the independent label and touring scene of the 80s to the addictions, fights and injuries that forced their break up. Of course the story doesn’t quite end there.
So, with no further ado, the trailer:
Props to Punknews.org for bringing this to our attention.