American Hardcore: A Tribal History

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Angrier and less pretentious than the drug-addled punk and new wave music genres, hardcore was an underground tribal movement created with passion but ultimately destroyed by infighting and dissonance. Among the important figures who emerged from hardcore are Henry Rollins, Dave Grohl (of Nirvana and Foo Fighters), Ian MacKaye (of Fugazi), and the Beastie Boys. Hardcore’s legacy, however, continues to influence the do-it-yourself anticommercial trend of independent record labels and touring networks. The author ...
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Angrier and less pretentious than the drug-addled punk and new wave music genres, hardcore was an underground tribal movement created with passion but ultimately destroyed by infighting and dissonance. Among the important figures who emerged from hardcore are Henry Rollins, Dave Grohl (of Nirvana and Foo Fighters), Ian MacKaye (of Fugazi), and the Beastie Boys. Hardcore’s legacy, however, continues to influence the do-it-yourself anticommercial trend of independent record labels and touring networks. The author experienced hardcore firsthand as a promoter, record label owner, and radio DJ, and he intersperses the book’s oral histories with his informed commentary. Also included are photographs, discographies, and a complete national perspective on the genre.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780922915712
  • Publisher: Feral House
  • Publication date: 4/1/2006
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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Besides the bestselling "American Hardcore," Steven Blush is also author of "American Hair Metal" (Feral House), and ".45 Dangerous Minds" (Creation). Blush also co-produced the eponymous "American Hardcore" documentary released by Sony Classics, and was the publisher and primary editor of the award-winning "Seconds" interview magazine. He also writes for Paper and Interview and music-oriented magazines.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2002

    Thorough but sexist

    This book finally gives long overdue attention to the oft-neglected 1980s punk rock scene. He's very thorough and gets the info from the horse's mouth. I'm sometimes shocked at what he actually gets people to say on record. If it were only a collection of edited quotes, this book would merit an A+. He is a skilled interviewer and editor. However, he can't resist talking out of his a**. At one point he states that girls who were involved with hardcore were ugly trolls! In one breath he denounces hardcore as being sexist, then makes a statement like that! That statement completely negates the liberation from being feathered-haired arm candy that attracted many of us 'trolls' to the hardcore scene in the first place. Read this book for the insights from the contributors, but read the author's comments with both eyes closed.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2001

    Great

    This book is the most comprehensive book i have ever read on punk rock. at least 3/4 of the entire scene was documented in this book...it's amazing to read, and has changed my life. i am a punk, and can relate to, READ THIS BOOK.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2009

    Well done Mr. Blush

    This all-inclusive history of American hardcore is extremely informative. As you read about each band detailed extensively, you immediately want to listen to their music or just be apart of the passion that once existed. Despite the obvious ups-and-downs, if hardcore is something you want to know about, you will get excited.

    This book has little to no bias although Steven Blush himself was active in the hardcore scene promoting, booking, and attending numerous shows.

    If you are intrigued, GET IT! You will learn something.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2005

    Flawed.

    I'd say this book is all-right but very flawed. I liked it for the quotes, and the wonderfully unearthed archive of photos, zine covers, and show flyers from the period. But what's no-good at all however is the intrusive voice of the foolishly opinionated author. His small-minded viewpoints regarding certain bands and individuals on the scene are extrordinarily unwelcome. He utterly lacks objectivity, and his over-praising of some bands and dismissiveness of other bands was promblematic to say the least. There's far too much of that sort of thing, and it all desperatley needed to be edited out completley. Holy cow - was the editor in a slumber or what? There's even passages when the author underhandedly manipulates other Hardcore scene-maker's quotes to express his own narrow-minded opinions. He may for example mention some band and include only ONE quote from someone who hated that band, and provide no quotes from a fan for balance. What kind of dirty-trick is THAT? This author seems to have an agenda to revise history the way HE wants you to learn about it, and he's fully aware he can get away with such nefarious trickery because no one else ever attempted to write a comprehensive book on this same topic. That sly tactic is truly shamefull. You'll be particularly astounded and may even laugh out-loud by what this author dares to say about The Middle Class (California band.) I can honestly say I've never-before read anything so completely off-the-mark.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2004

    my new bible

    American Hardcore is the most informative book about hardcore punk ive ever found. When i want to research a band, the book is the first place i go to. it doesnt just explain things from one persons view but people actually there tell the stories and give information.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2005

    Metalhead

    I don't own this book but I borrowed it from a friend and read it. This book is very informative on the whole hardcore punk scene, the band, and also how the world reacted to the movement. The quotes and interviews are incredible. Coming from a Metalhead's perspective I wasn't sure if I was interested in Hardcore Punk, but once one of my punk friends got me to read it I have been enlightened. This book is a good sample of literature that i believe will blur the lines between metalheads and punks. It can happen. It has started.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2004

    I give it a five.

    I havn't read all the way through this. In fact I don't even own the book, but a trip to Barns & Nobles gave me time to read a few chapters of this book i have been longing to read. I loved the quotes and explanations of bands that other punks contibuting to the scene had to say. A great and informative book. I would suggest it to anyone into hardcore punk.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2004

    It's OK

    This is wrong in a few ways. For example, he says that hardocre died in 1986. Hardcore can never die, it is a lifestyle, not a fashion. Also, some bands, like the Cro-Mags, don't stand behind their part in the book. So abviously the book is wrong in some ways, but its his take on hardcore. Very interesting none the less.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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