American Hardcore: A Tribal History

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Feral House, 2001 - Music - 333 pages
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The first complete, feisty and sordid history of American hardcore punk. Angrier, less pretentious and more stripped-down than its artsy, drug-addled predecessor, this harder-faster form of music was never very pretty - an angry and violent outlet for unfocused rage. Packed with information on all aspects of the genre, including oral histories from the stars and now forgotten participants, the book explains the gestation, rise and eventual fall of the hardcore scene along with an exceptionally comprehensive discography. Extensively illustrated with b/w photos.

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Like the magnificent punk opus: "Please Kill Me: The Uncensored History of Punk Rock", Blush examines the US hardcore scene from 1979 to its demise in 1986. Geographically carving out areas and ... Read full review

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This book is the standard reading for any fan of hardcore punk. Steven Blush was part of the scene and thus manages to give the reader insight into what was going on in the 80s hardcore movement ... Read full review


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Steven Blush promoted Hardcore shows in Washington, DC throughout the early 80s. In 1986 he founded Seconds Magazine, publishing it until 2000. His writing appeared in Spin, Interview, Village Voice, Details and High Times. He currently lives in Manhattan, serves as senior editor at Paper, and throws the weekly party Röck Cändy. He is the author of AMERICAN HARDCORE: A Tribal History.

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