American Hardcore

A FILM BY Paul Rachman

A valuable chronicle of a brief and snarling musical movement.
-Ann Hornaday,Washington Post
Paul Rachman's cultural-history doc American Hardcore unearths an astonishing trove of material from the all-but-forgotten American punk scene of the early '80s.
-Andrew O'Hehir,Salon.com
The documentary is an enlightening journey to a dark corner of contemporary punk's dank little basement.
-Scott Martelle,Los Angeles Times

Synopsis

Generally unheralded at the time, the early-80s Hardcore Punk Rock scene gave birth to much of the rock music and culture that followed. There would be no Nirvana, Beastie Boys or Red Hot Chili Peppers were it not for Hardcore pioneers such as Black Flag, Bad Brains and Minor Threat. Hardcore was more than music — it was a social movement created by Reagan-era misfit kids. The participants constituted a tribe unto themselves — some finding a voice, others an escape in the hard-edged music; some sought a better world, others were just angry and wanted to raise hell. AMERICAN HARDCORE traces this lost subculture, from its early roots to its extinction. The film is based on Steven's book AMERICAN HARDCORE: A Tribal History (Feral House), which detailed the scene's rise and fall, and came out in 2001.

Release Date

Original Languages: English
Genre: Documentary
Running Time: 100 min.
Year: 2006

CREDITS

CAST
Joe Keithley
Keith Morris
Lucky Lehrer
Vic Bondi
DIRECTED BY
Paul Rachman