• Know Your Roots: American Hardcore

    Jun 18 2009, 16h52 por johnsforever

    I first came upon the documentary 'American Hardcore' sitting defiantly on a ‎display shelf at my semi-local library. Naturally I checked it out and was ‎floored by its comprehensive coverage of not only the prominent bands, but of ‎the major scenes from which they created/sprang from. This film both reinforced ‎and altered my perceptions of hardcore and led me to re-examine some bands (‎Dead Kennedys, Misfits, T.S.O.L., etc.) I had forgotten and enjoy/appreciate them all ‎over again. Yet, as is typically the case in book to movie conversions, ‎‎'American Hardcore: a Tribal History' by Steven Blush goes exponentially ‎further. If 'American Hardcore' was an iceberg, the movie would be the tip, ‎while the book would be everything below the water line plus the tip. It is quite literally a ‎compendium of (almost) every first generation hardcore band (roughly 1980-1984) ‎along with a few oddities (No Trend, Naked Raygun, Minutemen, Saccharine Trust, ‎etc.) associated with the first scenes. …