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Inspired by Steven Blush's book "American Hardcore: A tribal history" Paul Rachman's feature documentary debut is a chronicle of the underground hardcore punk years from 1979 to 1986. Interviews and rare live footage from artists such as Black Flag, Bad Brains, Minor Threat, SS Decontrol and the Dead Kennedys. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for pervasive language including sex and drug references | See all certifications »
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American Hardcore: The History of American Punk Rock 1980 - 1986  »

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$18,102 (USA) (22 September 2006)

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$278,785 (USA) (12 January 2007)
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Written by John Weiffenbach (as J. Weiffenbach), Bubba Dupree (as B. Dupree), Chris Stover (as C. Stover),
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not very good
30 November 2009 | by See all my reviews

I am an enormous fan of hardcore, particularly the first wave of bands in the 80s, so I was obviously excited about watching this movie. Unfortunately, I found it to be an enormous let-down. It seems to focus a little too much on anecdotes and overblown comments on 'youthful rebellion' than on the anger, incentive and pragmatism of the scene, which I think it far more admirable and interesting. The comment on the front page before I wrote this said (Iparaphrase): "If you know hardcore you won't learn anything and if you don't know about hardcore you won't lean much". I completely agree. There were some nice moments in this, particularly Mike Watt and Greg Ginn's interviews and some of Ian Mackaye's comments. Of course, a few nice moments (which will only be nice for people interested in hardcore) can't save a documentary like this. I was very disappointed.


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