Another State of Mind

Another State of Mind is a 1982 punk rock tour film. The movie follows the ups and downs of life on the road with Social Distortion and Youth Brigade. When their van breaks down near Washington D.C. the band hangs out with Ian MacKaye of Minor Threat at the Dischord House and at his job  dishing out ice cream at a Häagen-Dazs.

Whenever I think of Another State of Mind I simultaneously think of Night Flight. Explaining the cultural significance of this television program to anyone raised after the 90’s would be a losing battle. Kids today are awash in opportunities to expand their knowledge past what mainstream media has to offer and to the history of various subcultures. However, back in the late 80’s and 90’s it took rare shows like Night Flight to program lesser-known and cult movies to open young minds to larger worlds. Staying up late to watch NIght Flight was like tuning into a secret transmission. It wasn’t for everyone. It wasn’t available 24/7. It was something you had to wait for; to crave.


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