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American Hardcore -- 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.
American Hardcore -- The History of American Punk Rock 1980-1986

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Cast

  (in credits order)
Lucky Lehrer ... Himself
Vic Bondi ... Himself
Joe Keithley ... Himself (as Joey 'Shithead' Keithley)
Keith Morris ... Himself
Angie Sciarappa ... Herself
Nancy Barile ... Herself
Mike Watt ... Himself
David Markey ... Himself (as Dave Markey)
Jordan Schwartz ... Himself
Howard Saunders ... Himself
Perry Webb ... Himself
Ian MacKaye ... Himself
Bobby Steele ... Himself
Greg Hetson ... Himself
Richard 'Crispy' Crammer ... Himself
Ken Inouye ... Himself

Jesse Malin ... Himself

Henry Rollins ... Himself
Jeff Van Atta ... Himself (as Jeff Atta)
Chris Foley ... Himself
Dave 'Springa' Springs ... Himself
Dicky Barrett ... Himself
Dave Dictor ... Himself
Chris Doherty ... Himself
Brett Gurewitz ... Himself
Greg Ginn ... Himself

Moby ... Himself
Sean Taggert ... Himself
Jack Grisham ... Himself
Paul Mahern ... Himself
Dan Kubinski ... Himself
Kimm Gardner ... Herself
Paul 'H.R.' Hudson ... Himself
Brian Baker ... Himself
Chuck Treece ... Himself
Gary 'Dr. Know' Miller ... Himself

Flea ... Himself (as Richard 'Flea' Balzari)
Steve Soto ... Himself
Frank Agnew ... Himself
Casey Royer ... Himself
Curtis Casella ... Himself
Tony Cadena ... Himself
Harley Flanagan ... Himself
Darryl Jenifer ... Himself
Jerry Williams ... Himself
Alec MacKaye ... Himself
Dante Ferrando ... Himself
Dez Cadena ... Himself
Phil Anselmo ... Himself
Hank Williams III ... Himself

Duff McKagan ... Himself
Kira Roessler ... Herself
George Anthony ... Himself
Jack Rabid ... Himself
Hank Pierce ... Himself (as Rev. Hank Pierce)
Dave Smalley ... Himself
Kevin Seconds ... Himself
Al Barile ... Himself
Jaime Sciarappa ... Himself

Christine Elise ... Herself (as Christine McCarthy)
Alec Peters ... Himself

Jonathan Anastas ... Himself (as Jon Anastas)
James Drescher ... Himself (as Jimmy Gestapo)
Vinnie Stigma ... Himself
Alvin Robertson ... Himself
John Joseph ... Himself
Todd Youth ... Himself
Matthew Barney ... Himself
Tommy Stinson ... Himself
Reed Mullin ... Himself
Steve DePace ... Himself
Mark Arm ... Himself
Bruce Loose ... Himself
Ted Falconi ... Himself
Mike Dean ... Himself
Joe Carducci ... Himself
Steve 'Mugger' Corbin ... Himself
Greta Brinkman ... Herself

Brandon Cruz ... Himself
Louiche Mayorga ... Himself
Alex Gonzalez ... Himself
Edward Colver ... Himself
Sean Stern ... Himself
Mark Stern ... Himself
Sal Cabzonieri ... Himself
Gary Tovar ... Himself
Scott 'Wino' Weinrich ... Himself
Anthony Countey ... Himself
Sid McCray ... Himself
Jack Flanagan ... Himself
Winston Smith ... Himself
Zander Schloss ... Himself
Adolescents ... Themselves
Agnostic Front ... Themselves
Articles of Faith ... Themselves
Bad Brains ... Themselves
Bad Religion ... Themselves
Battalion of Saints ... Themselves
Big Boys ... Themselves
Black Flag ... Themselves
Channel 3 ... Themselves
Circle Jerks ... Themselves
Corrosion of Conformity ... Themselves (as Corrosion of Conformity/C.O.C.)
Cro-Mags ... Themselves
D.I. ... Themselves
Dicks ... Themselves
Die Kreuzen ... Themselves
D.O.A. ... Themselves
D.R.I. ... Themselves
D.Y.S. ... Themselves (as DYS)
Fartz ... Themselves
Flipper ... Themselves
The Faith ... Themselves
The Freeze ... Themselves
Gang Green ... Themselves
Heart Attack ... Themselves
Iron Cross ... Themselves
Jerry's Kids ... Themselves
McRad ... Themselves
M.D.C. ... Themselves (as MDC)
Marginal Man ... Themselves
Middle Class ... Themselves
Minor Threat ... Themselves
Minutemen ... Themselves
The Mob ... Themselves
Murphy's Law ... Themselves
Necros ... Themselves
Negative Approach ... Themselves
Negative FX ... Themselves
Nig-Heist ... Themselves
Poison Idea ... Themselves
Really Red ... Themselves
The Replacements ... Themselves (as Replacements)
Scream ... Themselves
7 Seconds ... Themselves
S.O.A. ... Themselves
S.S. Decontrol ... Themselves (as SS Decontrol/SSD)
Suicidal Tendencies ... Themselves
Teen Idles ... Themselves
Tsol ... Themselves (also as True Sounds of Liberty)
Undead ... Themselves
Vatican Commandos ... Themselves
Wasted Youth ... Themselves
White Cross ... Themselves
Void ... Themselves
Y.D.1 ... Themselves (as YD1)
Youth Brigade ... Themselves
Zero Boys ... Themselves
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lorelei Mahoney ... Herself
Dave Brockie ... Himself (uncredited)

Jimmy Carter ... Himself (uncredited) (archive footage)

Jerry Falwell ... Himself (uncredited) (archive footage)

Jesse Jackson ... Himself (uncredited) (archive footage)
Ed Meese ... Himself (uncredited) (archive footage)

Nancy Reagan ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Ronald Reagan ... Himself (uncredited) (archive footage)

Directed by
Paul Rachman 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Steven Blush  book "American Hardcore - A Tribal History"
Steven Blush  writer

Produced by
Steven Blush .... producer
Karin Hayes .... associate producer
Paul Rachman .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Paul Rachman 
 
Film Editing by
Paul Rachman 
 
Production Management
Jim Gardner .... post-production studio manager: Sound One
 
Art Department
John Vondracek .... design staff
 
Sound Department
Robert Fernandez .... sound editor
Robert Fernandez .... sound mixer
Mike Patrick .... sound re-recordist
Shane Stoneback .... sound re-recordist
 
Visual Effects by
John Vondracek .... motion graphics
Keith Yurevitz .... digital imaging
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ted Barron .... photographer
Fred Berger .... photographer
Gail Butensky .... photographer
Edward Colver .... photographer
Skizz Cyzyk .... photographer
Florri DeCell .... photographer
Christine Elise .... photographer (as Christine McCarthy)
Al Flipside .... photographer
Bob Gruen .... photographer
Thurston Howes .... photographer
Jenny Lens .... photographer
David Markey .... photographer (as Dave Markey)
Karen O'Sullivan .... photographer
Philin Phlash .... photographer
Chuck Pulin .... photographer
Bruce Silcox .... photographer
Vincent Zuffante .... photographer
 
Editorial Department
Bruce Adams .... on-line facilitator: Sony Music Studios
Ed Beyer .... color timer
Kassie Caffiero .... on-line facilitator: Sony Music Studios
Lloyd Forcellini .... digital intermediate supervisor (as Lloyf Forcellini a.k.a. Lord Force)
Charles Gant .... on-line facilitator: Sony Music Studios
Andy Kadison .... on-line facilitator: Sony Music Studios
Jennifer Lilly .... assistant editor
Bob Perillo .... on-line facilitator: Sony Music Studios
Misako Suzuki .... on-line facilitator: Sony Music Studios
Jane Tolmachyov .... digital intermediate colorist
 
Music Department
Anthony Countey .... music supervisor
Brooke Wentz .... music consultant
 
Other crew
Steve Breimer .... legal services: Bloom, Hergott, Diemer, Rosenthal & LaViolette (as Stephen F. Breimer)
Curtis Casella .... provider: live footage
Steven Eye .... provider: live footage
Al Flipside .... provider: live footage
Melissa Georges .... legal services: Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein & Selz
Marc H. Glick .... legal services: Glick and Weintraub
Diana Holtzberg .... representative: producer
Nicola Lanzenberg .... provider: live footage
David Markey .... provider: live footage (as Dave Markey)
Amy Nickin .... legal services: Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein & Selz
Paul Rachman .... provider: live footage
Susan Richards .... provider: live footage
Jerry Roach .... provider: live footage
Jan Rofekamp .... world sales: Films Trabsit International Inc.
Richard 'Spunky' Stankiewicz .... provider: live footage
 
Thanks
Ray 'Raybeez' Barbieri .... in memory of
D. Boon .... in memory of (as Dennes Dale 'D' Boon)
Troy Brandenberg .... in memory of
Pat Brown .... in memory of
Dee Cochran .... in memory of
Neil Cooper .... in memory of
Arin Crumley .... special thanks
Dennis Danell .... in memory of
Danny Detox .... in memory of
Richard 'Rik L. Rik' Elerick .... in memory of (as Richard 'Rik L Rik' Elerick)
David 'Dave Id' Hahn .... in memory of
'Mad Marc Rude' Hofman .... in memory of
Steven 'Stevo' Jensen .... in memory of
Henry Knowles .... in memory of
Laura Lee .... in memory of
Robert 'Omlit' Logan .... in memory of
Patrick Mack .... in memory of
John Mascias .... in memory of
Ken 'Dimwit' Montgomery .... in memory of
Sean Olson .... in memory of
Dave Parsons .... in memory of
Naomi Peterson .... in memory of
Lanette Phillips .... thanks
Jimmi Quidd .... in memory of
Rob 'Graves' Ritter .... in memory of
Tom 'Pig Champion' Roberts .... in memory of
Dave 'Insurgent' Rubenstein .... in memory of
Dave Rubin .... in memory of
Richard 'Snickers' Scott .... in memory of
Will Shatter .... in memory of
Dave Skilkin .... in memory of
Hillel Slovak .... in memory of
Bob Stinson .... in memory of
Randy 'Biscuit' Turner .... in memory of
Rick Van Santen .... in memory of
Ricky Williams .... in memory of
Jeff Wolfe .... in memory of
Tim Yohannon .... in memory of
Toni Young .... in memory of
 

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Also Known As:
"American Hardcore: The History of American Punk Rock 1980 - 1986" - USA (long title)
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Rated R for pervasive language including sex and drug references
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100 min
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26 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
A Good Time Capsule of the Eighties Hardcore Movement but..., 22 September 2006
Author: feastorafamine from United States

Fans of this short window in time of musical history will surely enjoy it for its nostalgic merit alone. The footage is raw and accurately depicts the dingy and often violent world of Post "Germs, Sex Pistols" and Pre-metal years of hardcore. Many important bands of that era were not depicted in the film for various legal reasons IE: The Dead Kennedy's, and The Misfits, but the variety of bands presented is a noble effort. Surprising to me was what I considered a LACK of music in the film, as most of it came in the form of the final ten seconds of a songs performance, then cutting into the next scene. The film IS about music so it's not like there isn't any, however I would have enjoyed more extended live footage. My harshest criticism of the film is that it simply shrinks away as to the real explanation of how this movement really came to an end. While it glorifies many great bands that created some extremely potent and visceral music, it ultimately brushed aside why the hardcore scene seemed to sputter and almost vanish. The film near its summation briefly touches upon the influence of heavy metal and how some bands evolved into that new sound. They seem to suggest that the "atmosphere" had changed but in reality the bands changed. Kids showed up a year later and all their favorite bands had grown long hair and seemed to be interested little in their hardcore roots. Sad but true.. but this was a genre praised for its dedication to "Doing It Yourself" but in the end they chose to find a way to pay the bills instead. I have never faulted bands for deciding they wanted to eat more than a package of Dorrito's in the back of a tour van, and I do not view metal as a lesser form of art, but the fact remains that the bands create the music, which in turn produces an environment. I was all too happy to indulge in the personal trip down memory lane, but I would have liked a more probing response as to its demise. I have to review this film positively because I am biased as to the musical content and to the time in which it represents, but to omit that money and industry influence is what truly ruined this scene,(As in most others due to over exposure, parody and more seemingly lucrative musical paths) is a strange and unsatisfying oversight. Having just praised its unyielding, anti-conformist roots I was then expected to forget it ever happened. As I stated all in all it's an absorbing film and a greatly accurate depiction of a highly influential point in the musical landscape. It should be viewed if for no other reason than its tribute to the contribution that American Hardcore had to musical history.

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