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The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years

Rated R 93 minutes 1988

In this follow-up to the 1981 punk rock documentary "The Decline of Western Civilization," filmmaker Penelope Spheeris dissects the world of heavy metal. Through live performance footage and interviews that feature popular hard rock musicians, Spheeris examines the metal genre and the opulent Los Angeles music scene of the late 1980s; highlights include Ozzy Osbourne discussing the tedium of sobriety over breakfast and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler claiming to have spent a small fortune on drugs.

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Director: Penelope Spheeris

Producer: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris

Cast: Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Alice Cooper, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ozzy Osbourne, Bobby Dall, Bret Michaels and Rikki Rockett

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