YOUR ESSENTIAL BRIEFING ON THE ROOTS OF THE GENRE
the film AMERICAN HARDCORE (PAUL RACHMAN, 2006)
compiled of clips sent in by the bands themselves, this film follows the 1980s’ emergence of US hardcore – including Bad Brains, D.o.a., minor threat, Black Flag and more – alongside interviews with Phil anselmo, henry rollins, and red hot chili Peppers’ Flea, all of whom owe the genre a great creative debt.
the book SOBER LIVING FOR THE REVOLUTION: HARDCORE PUNK, STRAIGHT EDGE, AND RADICAL POLITICS (GABRIEL KUHN, 2010)
many hardcore purists promote a drug- and drink-free lifestyle as part of their devotion to the scene. this essential guide to the straight-edge subculture will give you the know-how to impress even the oldest hardcore head, regardless of whether you’re ready to take the sobriety plunge yourself.
the fanzine TOUCH AND GO: THE COMPLETE HARDCORE PUNK SCENE ’79 - ’83 (STEVE MILLAR, 2010)
Scrappy, homemade zines are perhaps the best way to understand the inclusive, do-it- yourself spirit of hardcore. twenty-two issues of early Touch And Go zines compiled in one paperback, this collection captures the scene at its most vibrant and haphazard, and will soon bring you up to speed with the roots of the sound.