An unexpected reaction to Heavy Metal Parking Lot, 30 years later
Revisiting Heavy Metal Parking Lot when it turned 30 in 2016 was a shock.
At first, watching the cult classic documentary – which explored the inebriated human condition outside a Judas Priest concert in Maryland – was fun. It was a window onto the cringeworthy awkwardness of youth.
Or, was it a window onto myself?
And not my young self. Maybe my middle-aged self of the here and now. I wondered: Should I be worried? In an effort to figure that out, I wrote a short essay.
I hope you’ll enjoy it at eighteenbridges.ca. Rock on.