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American Hardcore: The History of American Punk Rock 1980-1986

Various Artists

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Trying to explain the initial hardcore punk movement to someone who wasn’t there is a difficult task. The music was determinately abrasive and while its lyrics were often political or humorous, everything happened at 120 mph making them indecipherable. The movie American Hardcore, based on the book by Steven Blush, explains the musical and political environment as best it can, and this 26-song soundtrack presents the musical highlights of the era. To a novice, it all may sound bewildering. But, rest assured that while every scenester would compile a different set of memories, the ones assembled here make a great deal of sense. Washington, D.C.’s Minor Threat and Bad Brains were the most musically accomplished bands to break the speed barrier, while California’s Black Flag and Circle Jerks took the sun n’ fun terrain and twisted it back on itself in a fit of neuroses. Texas to San Francisco’s MDC and Canada’s D.O.A turned on the politics and D.R.I. opened the gate towards thrash-metal. An entire boxed set might be necessary to assemble all the essential pieces, but anyone wishing to go

American Hardcore: The History of American Punk Rock 1980-1986
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  • £8.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: 10 October 2006

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