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Steven Blush

American Hardcore Book

(Black Flag, Minor Threat, Beastie Boys)

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Angrier and less pretentious than the drug-addled punk and new wave music genres, hardcore was an underground American invention. Here's the first chronicle, oral histories interwoven through the author's own informed commentary. Black Flag, Minor Threat, Beastie Boys et al. Heavily illustrated throughout with photographs, and reasonable discography. "This book brings it back better than anything. If it wasn't for hardcore, where would we be?"



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Adam from Cairns, Queensland, Australia 
Mar 19 2008 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Fuckin' fantastic! This book has opened my eyes up to reading again! The most impressive thing is the whole American Hardcore written Discography in the back. Define buy if a hardcore fan

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Regan from Imbil, Australia 
Mar 10 2008 Rating: 4/5 Stars

This is an alright book, filled with some cool info on bands and mostly interviews, much like a zine. However, kids buying this book should not use it as a punk bible. I've noticed kids actually refer to this book in arguements about scene politics. Also, this is not a history book, and should not be viewed as such. Some of the dudes interviewed in this book actually think some how that DIY punk is dead, i mean, wtf.

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Sam from Crozet, VA 
Dec 25 2007 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Super inofrmative and also a good reaad all the way through. Complete stories of my favorite hardcore bands and a bunch of bands I'd never heard of before.

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Josh from Pittsfield, MA 
Jan 18 2007 Rating: 5/5 Stars

An utterly fascinating primer on the history of hardcore from a diverse and often conflicting array of sources- showcases the turmoil of the scene, and is a valuable addition to any punk's reading list.

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Geoffrey from Auckland, New Zealand 
Dec 9 2006 Rating: 5/5 Stars

This book was an amazing buy. It really opened my eyes to what was going on with the 80's Punk/Hardcore scene. Made me appreciate some artists more and think less of others. Downfalls of this book - The author rambles on about irrallevent information sometimes and has some biased moments, but as a whole the book really makes you appreciate where the music you listen to nowadays has come from/been inspired by. I'm letting my friends borrow this because of how impressed I was by it.

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Keelen from Tijeras, NM 
Feb 21 2006 Rating: 5/5 Stars

GREAT BOOK. I LIKED HENRY ROLLINS BOOKS, BUT THIS IS BETTER IN MY OPINION. WELL DEPICTED BOOK. VERY INTERESTING. BUY IT NOW.

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David from El Paso, TX 
Dec 30 2004 Rating: 5/5 Stars

this book is insane! Most books written about punk is usually on how it started in 1977 and before that but American Hardcore is on the 1980s of punk it features everything from 7seconds to flipper it has information for everybody who is a fan of any punk band that has been around for a while it also has info on little citys other than LA or New York. Also has some cool photos. Get it before it goes out of stock.

PS this book talks about the decline of western civilization!!!

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Jordan from Exton, PA 
Nov 27 2004 Rating: 4/5 Stars

Awesome Book with lots of information and pictures. Most of is it told by band members and people that were involved in the early 80's hardcore scene (Ian McKaye, Bill Stevensen, Jello Biafra, just to name a few). This is Stictly about the American Hardcore scene as the title does suggest, tells you very little about the bands that influenced it (though it does touch on a few, mainly Sham 69). Overall this is a very interesting and informative book. Gives you kind of a perspective of how most of todays music is watered down to nearly nothing but recycled radio trash with no feeling being pounded into your head by MTV. The reason I took away a star was because the author got on my nerves at times. But I do suggest you buy this book if you have some interest in real punk rock. there are also entire chapters dedicated to: Bad Brains, Dead Kennedys(SF), Minor threat(DC), Black Flag, and the Boston Scene(SSD).

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Brad from Washington, PA 
Aug 12 2004 Rating: 5/5 Stars

amazing. a friend of mine let me borrow this book and i liked it so much i had to own a copy. this is a must read

 
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