Many music scenes are best known for a type of music that emanated from that scene. 1985-1990 Los Angeles was very different…

SCENESTERS captures the moment in time when Punk, Glam, Hard Rock, Alternative, Garage, and Metal all collided and meshed in Los Angeles in the mid 80s.

Featured are the first-hand accounts of people who were completely submerged in the culture… people who changed the rules of fashion, set the scene, and made Melrose Avenue ground zero for bands like Guns N Roses, Jane’s Addiction, and The Red Chili Peppers.

This ushered in a lifestyle of hard living and lots of partying. Hear from those SCENESTERS who lived through it all to tell tales of the legendary LA scene 1985 – 1990. Among those interviewed are: Paul Roessler, Bruce Duff, Bernie Bernstein, Bryan Forsythe, Taime Downe, Greg Steele, Susan Hyatt, Abby Travis, Brian Grillo, Kevin Kipnis, Josh Feilds, Debra Diament, Dukey Flyswatter, Pat, Munzingo, Chreistopher Thorn, Joseph Brooks, and Micheal Stewart, all participants in the scene… all scenesters themselves… 

Intertwined within these extensive interviews is a soundtrack that digs deep into the music, providing an inside listen to this most unique time in rock genre development and evolution. Included are

  • The Fell Popes – 2am @ 9th and grand
  • T.S.O.L. – Sound Of Laughter
  • Motley Crue – Live Wire
  • Van Halen – 316
  • AC-DC – Let There Be Rock
  • The Ramones – I Wanna Be Sedated
  • The Cult – She Sells Sactuary
  • Wire – A Touching Display
  • Elvis Costello and the Attractions – Pump It Up
  • B-52’s – Rock Lobster
  • Britny Fox – Long Way To Love
  • Specimen – The Beauty of Poison
  • Faster Pussycat – Where There Is A Whip
  • New York Dolls – Personality Crisis
  • The Ramones – Blitzkrieg Bop
  • The Dead Boys – Sonic Reducer
  • Hanoi Rocks – Tragedy
  • Aerosmith – No Surprise
  • The Germs – Caught In My Eye
  • The Sex Pistols – God Save The Queen
  • Devo – That’s Good
  • Poison – Talk Dirty To Me
  • Depeche Mode – Everything Counts
  • Culture Club – i’ll Tumble 4 U
  • Bauhaus – Bella Lugosi Dead
  • Celebrity Skin – Hello
  • New York Dolls – Pills

Directed by Desi Benjamin / 81 minutes / 2016 / color & b/w 


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