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Watch: Lost 1999 OZZFEST Documentary Surfaces, Directed by Penelope Spheeris (The Decline of Western Civilization)

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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.

Besides Black Sabbath, other bands featured include Slayer, System of a Down, Fear Factory, and Static-X.

Also, read our column looking at where the bands on Ozzfest 1999 are now.

Posted by Metal Injection on July 15, 2019 at 1:57 pm

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