Watch: Lost 1999 OZZFEST Documentary Surfaces, Directed by Penelope Spheeris (The Decline of Western Civilization)
The Decline of Western Civilization: Part II is one of the most must-see documentaries in metal culture. (Hot tip: we recorded a watch-along commentary podcast about it). Penelope Spheeris, the director, really managed to get into the psyche of some of these people.
She was hired in 1999 to do a documentary on Ozzfest 1999 – the one that featured Black Sabbath's first retirement tour. The doc had the working title of Decline of Western Civilization: Part IV – We Sold Our Souls for Rock ’n Roll, but was never actually released save for some premieres at festivals including Sundance. Now, a decent-but-not-great bootleg of the entire doc has surfaced online and you should probably watch it before it gets taken down.
Also, read our column looking at where the bands on Ozzfest 1999 are now.