American Hardcore: A Tribal History

Front Cover
Feral House, 2001 - Music - 333 pages
74 Reviews
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.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

Review: American Hardcore: A Tribal History

User Review  - Nosmo - Goodreads

I don't think I'm gonna be able to get through this book completely. It's enormous, and the problems I started to feel throughout the book only became more and more prominent as time goes on. The book ... Read full review

Review: American Hardcore: A Tribal History

User Review  - Jeremy Kitchen - Goodreads

Re-read, some glaring errors and woeful Midwest coverage, but pretty good summation of HC and its ilk. Read full review

All 35 reviews »

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.

Bibliographic information