American Hardcore (2005)

Genres - Music  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Music History, Social History  |   Release Date - Sep 22, 2006 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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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.

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anti-establishment, band [music group], concert-footage, disillusionment, hardcore-punk, misfit, movement [social change], music-scene, punk-rock, retrospective, roots [origins], subculture