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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Being a product of this period in timeIt showed how most bands struggled.Media wasnt friendly or even handed in thier couverage.All in all a slice of time before Nirvana got credit for disinfranchised youth. Read full review

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I have many problems with Blush's writing and presentation, but the interviews make it well worth slogging through. Read full review



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About the author (2001)

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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