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The lost subculture of America's rebellious, Reagan-era hardcore set is explored in filmmaker Paul Rachman's cinematic adaptation of Steven Blush's book. Disillusioned by politics, angered by greedy record labels, and bound together by a powerful antiestablishment sentiment, bands such as Minor Threat, Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, and Bad Brains paved the way for such later bands as Nirvana and Pearl Jam by fearlessly questioning -- and frequently mocking -- the status quo, and proving that you don't need radio ...
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Overview

The lost subculture of America's rebellious, Reagan-era hardcore set is explored in filmmaker Paul Rachman's cinematic adaptation of Steven Blush's book. Disillusioned by politics, angered by greedy record labels, and bound together by a powerful antiestablishment sentiment, bands such as Minor Threat, Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, and Bad Brains paved the way for such later bands as Nirvana and Pearl Jam by fearlessly questioning -- and frequently mocking -- the status quo, and proving that you don't need radio play to reach an audience. Whether working for a real change or simply attempting to shake things up in the music scene, these bands gave a voice to the legions of youthful fans who felt their opinions had been neglected in mainstream society. In this documentary, concert footage combines with interviews to offer a comprehensive look at the musical revolution that defined an era.
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Special Features

Audio commentary with filmmakers; Deleted scenes; Bonus musical performances; "In the Pit"; Photo gallery
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Editorial Reviews

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American Hardcore joins a spate of loosely concurrent '80s U.S. independent music histories written by the fans who lived it, like Michael Azerrad's Our Band Could Be Your Life. Similar to the same name book by Steven Blush, who also produced and wrote the screenplay, the prime attraction of this documentary is the collection of rare artifacts and memorabilia from the early hardcore era: posters, flyers, cassette-tape art, cable-access shows, and concert footage from everything from house parties to clubs. Director Paul Rachman succeeds in capturing the vibe of the era, of corporate label consolidation before the Internet and a well-connected underground, when bands had to painfully build themselves up from scratch and D.I.Y. was more means of survival than quaint attitude. Rachman loosely follows the chronology of hardcore's development by following the isolated scenes that cropped up around major U.S. cities and how relentless touring-by-van cross-pollinated and connected the bands to a larger whole. Lucid commentary by well-known participants like Henry Rollins, Gregg Ginn, and Ian MacKaye capture the general flow of events and anti-Reagan, testosterone-heavy flavor. While paying tribute to the music and the lifestyle, Rachman addresses many of the stickier issues at the hardcore scene's edges, including violence, racism, and misogyny, and how the movement frayed when fans started celebrating that which the musicians were attacking. The geographical shifts can get confusing at times and the intense concentration on the first generation doesn't give the events a lot of context and leaves dangling historical ends. Rachman may have been caught in a bind, between educating neophytes and satisfying the almost doomed-to-disappoint, intense, and obsessive hardcore fan base. Engrossing, if at times disjointed, American Hardcore is still an important chronicle and persuasive paean to North America's second punk wave.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/20/2007
  • UPC: 043396170940
  • Original Release: 2005
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:40:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 22,086

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bad Brains
Black Flag
The Circle Jerks
D.O.A.
Nancy Barile Participant
Mike Watt Participant
Jerry's Kids
David Markey Participant
M.D.C. Participant
Jordan Schwartz Participant
Minor Threat
Howard Saunders Participant
Poison Idea Participant
7 Seconds Participant
Perry Webb Participant
Ian MacKaye Participant
SS Decontrol Participant
Bobby Steele Participant
TSOL
Greg Hetson Participant
Zero Boys Participant
Richard "Crispy" Cranmer Participant
Ken Inouye Participant
Jesse Malin Participant
Henry Rollins Participant
Jeff Atta Participant
Mike Patton Participant
Chris Foley Participant
Dave "Springa" Springs Participant
Dicky Barrett Participant
Dave Dictor Participant
Christopher Doherty Participant
Brett Gurewitz Participant
Gregg Ginn Participant
Moby Participant
Sean Taggert Participant
Jack Grisham Participant
Paul Mahern Participant
Dan Kubinski Participant
Kimm Gardner Participant
Paul "H.R." Hudson Participant
Brian Baker Participant
Chuck Treece Participant
Gary "Dr. Know" Miller Participant
Flea Participant
Steve Soto Participant
Frank Agnew Participant
Casey Royer Participant
Curtis Casella Participant
Tony Cadena Participant
Harley Flanagan Participant
Darryl Jenifer Participant
Jerry Williams Participant
Dave Brockie Participant
Alec MacKaye Participant
Dante Ferrando Participant
Dez Cadena Participant
Phil Anselmo Participant
Hank Williams III Participant
Duff McKagan Participant
Kira Roessler Participant
George Anthony Participant
Jack Rabid Participant
Rev. Hank Pierce Participant
Dave Smalley Participant
Kevin Seconds Participant
Al Barile Participant
Jamie Serappa Participant
Christine McCarthy Participant
Alec Peters Participant
Jon Anastas Participant
Jimmy Gestapo Participant
Vinnie Stigma Participant
Alvin Robertson Participant
John Joseph Participant
Todd Youth Participant
Matthew Barney Participant
Tommy Stinson Participant
Reed Mullin Participant
Steve DePace Participant
Mark Arm Participant
Bruce Loose Participant
Ted Falconi Participant
Mike Dean Participant
Steve "Mugger" Corbin Participant
Greta Brinkman Participant
Brandon Cruz Participant
Alex Gonzales Participant
Edward Colver Participant
Sean Stern Participant
Mark Stern Participant
Sal Canzonieri Participant
The Adolescents Participant
Agnostic Front Participant
Articles of Faith Participant
Bad Religion Participant
Battalions of Saints Participant
Big Boys Participant
Vic Bondi Participant
Joe Carducci Participant
Channel 3 Participant
Vatican Commandos Participant
D.I.Y. Video Corp. Participant
Corrosion of Conformity Participant
Anthony Countey Participant
Cro-Mags Participant
The Dicks Participant
Bill Dysart Participant
Christine Elise Participant
Mr. Epp Participant
Faith No More Participant
Fartz Participant
Jack Flanagan Participant
Flipper Participant
Unseen Force Participant
Bob Freeze Participant
Gang Green Participant
GWAR Participant
Heart Attack Participant
Iron Cross Participant
Joey "Shithead" Keithley Participant
Die Kreuzen Participant
Lucky Lehrer Participant
Marginal Man Participant
Louiche Mayorga Participant
Sid McCray Participant
McRad Participant
Middle Class Participant
Millions of Dead Cops Participant
Minutemen Participant
The Mob Participant
Keith Morris Participant
Murphy's Law Participant
Necros Participant
Negative Approach Participant
Negative FX Participant
Nig-Heist Participant
D R I Participant
Really Red Participant
The Replacements Participant
S.O.A. Participant
Zander Schloss Participant
Scream Club Participant
Angie Serappa Participant
Winston Smith Participant
Suicidal Tendencies
Teen Idles Participant
Gary Tovar Participant
Undead Participant
Void Participant
Wasted Youth
White Cross Participant
Jean-Claude Wino Participant
YDI Participant
Youth Brigade Participant
Technical Credits
Paul Rachman Director, Camera Operator, Cinematographer, Editor, Producer
Steven Blush Producer, Screenwriter
Anthony Countey Musical Direction/Supervision
Robert Fernandez Sound Editor
Karin Hayes Associate Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- American Hardcore
1. Early 80's [7:59]
2. Punk Rockers [7:45]
3. DIY [4:22]
4. Spreading the Scene [7:03]
5. DC Hardcore [6:43]
6. Sending a Message [9:42]
7. Straight Edge Scene [13:20]
8. When the Bad Brains Came to Town [7:55]
9. Southern Hospitality [8:47]
10. Hardcore Females [4:32]
11. Police Interference [4:38]
12. Baby Has Grown Ugly [17:22]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- American Hardcore
   Play Movie
   Subtitles
      English
      French/Français
      Spanish/Español
      Subtitles Off
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Commentary With Director Paul Rachman & Writer Steven Blush: On
      Commentary With Director Paul Rachman & Writer Steven Blush: Off
      Deleted Scenes
      Musical Performances
         Millions of Dead Cops (MDC) "Corporate Deathburger"
         Bad Brains "Big Takeover"
         SS Decontrol "Boiling Point"
         Void "My Rules"
         YDI "Enemy for Life"
         Jerry's Kids "I Don't Belong"
      Premiere Parties With D.O.A. and Circle Jerks
      In the Pit - The Photos of Ed Colver
      Previews
         Volver
         Curse of the Golden Flower
         The Lives of Others
         The Devil and Daniel Johnston
         Lightning in a Bottle
         Rock School
         Half Nelson
         SLC Punk
   Previews
      Volver
      Curse of the Golden Flower
      The Lives of Others
      The Devil and Daniel Johnston
      Lightning in a Bottle
      Rock School
      Half Nelson
      SLC Punk
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