Orange County punks the Circle Jerks are often resigned to footnote status in superficial discussions of the birth of hardcore in Southern California. Lacking the heartbreakingly devastating mythos of the Minutemen or the wide-sweeping, longterm impact of Black Flag, the rise and fall of the Circle Jerks from local troublemakers to major label burnouts had yet to be told in its entirety — until now.
Directed by Dave Markey, the brain behind punk rock documentaries such as 1991: The Year Punk Broke and Reality 86’d, My Life As A Jerk follows the band from their early days in Hermosa Beach, CA to their current (indefinite) hiatus.
Rolling Stone spoke with the Circle Jerks lead singer Keith Morris — also know for his time as the frontman for Black Flag and his current endeavors leading hardcore supergroup OFF! — about the film and the current state of the Jerks. Several screenings of My Life As A Jerk are scheduled in advance of the film’s upcoming (but, as of yet, unannounced) DVD release. Check out an early trailer for the film below.