American Hardcore [DVD] [2005]

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Special Features

  • Audio commentary with filmmakers
  • Deleted scenes
  • Bonus musical performances
  • "In the Pit"
  • Photo gallery


American Hardcore
The lost subculture of America's rebellious, Reagan-era hardcore set is explored in filmmaker Paul Rachman's cinematic adaptation of Steven Blush's book. Disillusioned by politics, angered by greedy record labels, and bound together by a powerful antiestablishment sentiment, bands such as Minor Threat, Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, and Bad Brains paved the way for such later bands as Nirvana and Pearl Jam by fearlessly questioning -- and frequently mocking -- the status quo, and proving that you don't need radio play to reach an audience. Whether working for a real change or simply attempting to shake things up in the music scene, these bands gave a voice to the legions of youthful fans who felt their opinions had been neglected in mainstream society. In this documentary, concert footage combines with interviews to offer a comprehensive look at the musical revolution that defined an era. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Flea
  • Mike Watt
    Mike Watt
  • Image coming soon
    Ken Inouye
  • Henry Rollins
    Henry Rollins
  • Mike Patton
    Mike Patton
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