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Accurate Reflection of the Hardcore Punk's Urban Mainstream See more (34 total) »


  (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 

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 Briemer .... 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
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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"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
100 min
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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Accurate Reflection of the Hardcore Punk's Urban Mainstream, 2 February 2008
Author: mstomaso from Vulcan

Nice and nostalgic for those who were there.

Potentially misleading and perhaps too long for those who were not there and don't get the nostalgia.

My comments are more of a reaction than a review.

I won't pretend to be objective. I lived through this and experienced it differently from the 'leading lights' who were interviewed in the film. I met and even hung out with a few of the folks in the film over the three years (1980-1982) when I was in and out of NYC and Philly scenes. Of course, hardcore had not yet been commercialized at this time and none of them were regarded as legends. It's great to see that most of them are still true believers and haven't developed regrets, but it's really odd that they are still saying exactly the same things about HC that they were saying twenty years ago. Isn't hindsight supposed to be 20/20 or something? Well... really... it's all a matter of perspective, and that's the point of this review.

From 1979 to 1984 I was a member of a band which crossed over from punk to hardcore in 1980. I began with them at the age of 14 and stuck around until, as Ian Mackaye put it, "hardcore checked out". Being part of the NJ/NYC punk community, and having grown up in a small rural town in central Jersey, my perspective on the whole business is a bit different.... But, again... that's the point, isn't it?

From my point of view, the film has one major flaw - Most of the interviews seem to have developed out of a set of basic misconceptions: (1) that hardcore was about something in particular, (2) that the leaders of the most popular hardcore bands were somehow experts in what hardcore was and (3) that the portion of the country where hardcore got the most early media attention was somehow more important than the rest of the world.

I was never a big fan of hardcore's regionalism (which was a big deal in the scenes I was involved with) and was interested mainly in bands which were original, energetic and fun regardless of where they came from. Sadly, the east coast frequently exhibited symptoms of an inferiority complex because of the commercial and media attention California got - a couple of examples are the titles of early eastern Punk and HC compilations:

Philadelphia: Get Off Our Backs We're Doing it Too. NYC: New York Thrash and The Big Apple Rotten to the Core Boston: This is Boston, Not L.A.

Telling, ain't it?

Because of my own experiences, the interviews of NYC, Washington DC and Boston band members resonated more strongly with me than the California-centered stuff. Don't get me wrong, I loved the DKs, Black Flag, the CJs, Fear, X, UXA, The Avengers, and many other West-coasters, but I still reject the adoption of the archetype American Punk lifestyle which was drawn out of stereotypes imported by the mass media from California.

From my perspective, punk was truly anti-conformist, and CoC's comments about the fascist anti-fascism that became a major component of HC late in it's life were dead-on accurate. It's as if a whole bunch of fools turned on Quincy, saw an inaccurate representation of slam dancing based on things that were happening in particular parts of Southern California (where Quincy was filmed) and all-of-a-sudden decided to get mohawks and leather jackets and go beat up people at shows.

Maybe New York police have bigger and better things to do, but I do not remember a single of the 100s of shows I went to or played which were ever even threatened with a shut-down, let alone attracting the attention of more than a few squad cars. And honestly, I don't remember any NYC or Philly cops doing anything much worse than shaking their heads and rolling their eyes during these incidents. Maybe NYC punks were radically different from Calpunks, because I knew very few people in HC and/or punk who would ever espouse hating any group of people in a broad-brush manner such as police and hippies.

For me and most of my friends HC was a chance to have fun, get up on stage and play, help other people have fun, and to express ourselves socially and politically with an audience which could relate and appreciated pretty much whatever you threw at them. Most of the messages were against violence, against stereotyping, against injustice, and even against drugs. And the bands all supported each other, whether or not they agreed about politics, music or whatever. Really nice. Sure the dancing got kind of rough at times, but it only got really bad after that fateful episode of Quincy.

This is a good film. I was very excited to see the respect with which the Bad Brains were treated and the range of excellent bands chosen for the interviews. The film is really just a lengthy series of edited monologues and dialogs from interviews conducted by the director. The cinematography is straightforward and really nothing special - fine for what was intended. There are relatively few musical interludes (mostly poorly filmed cam-jobs), and no complete songs.

The film serves well as a memoir for old punks like myself, and a good introduction to the major tropes and official mythology of the hardcore movement for those of later generations. Don't mistake the generalizing opinions of the interviewees (or mine for that matter) to be representative of anything besides the individual opinions that they are, however. And remember always - no matter what anybody says about hardcore, Gang Green summed it all up better than anybody in their song "Have Fun"

We just wanna have some fun

We just wanna have some fun

While we're young enough

To get away with it.


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