We Sold Our Souls for Rock 'n Roll

We Sold Our Souls for Rock 'n Roll

Special guest: Conversation with director Penelope Spheeris.

The Decline of Western Civilization (1981) auteur Penelope Spheeris returns to the world of loud guitars and louder personalities with this under-screened late ’90s gem, which was produced by Sharon Osbourne. Following 1999’s edition of Ozzfest, the nomadic metal festival founded and headlined by singer-heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne, Spheeris captures blistering, sweat-drenched sets from future multi-platinum megastars System of a Down, Slipknot, and Godsmack at their nu-metal infancy alongside heavy metal royalty Osbourne, Black Sabbath, and Slayer.

Warning: This film features depictions of self-harm and bloodshed.
DIRECTED BY: Penelope Spheeris. WITH: Ozzy Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Rob Zombie. 2001. 90 min. USA. Color. English. Rated R. 35mm. Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.

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