New York -
the hard-edged second generation of punk rock, whose peak
period ranged from 1980 to 1986, has never before been
captured in the way Steven Blush’s authoritative, extensively
illustrated oral history revisits its dynamic and sordid ways.
All the major hardcore scenes, particularly in
Southern California, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Boston,
New York City and Texas are given provocative voice through
its major players, from drugged-out suburban Metal misfits to
shit-kicking skinheads to vegan anti-drug pacifists.
American Hardcore: A Tribal History not only recapitulates
an important and influential scene, its provocative
sociological snapshots reveal the apocalyptic desperation of a
singular time in American history.
Author Steven Blush was a prime mover in the scene he writes
about, in the 80s, he promoted many hardcore tours and shows,
DJed an influential college radio show, and ran a record
label. Later Blush published Seconds magazine, and wrote for
Paper, Spin, Interview, Village Voice, Details and High Times
magazines. The primary photographers included in this volume
are Edward Colver and Karen O’Sullivan. Flyers, set lists,
logos, and record covers have been provided by many
collectors, and the book includes an extensive discography of
Hardcore rock releases from 1980 to 1986.
American Hardcore: A Tribal History
7 x 10, 336 pages, $19.95, ISBN: 0-922915-71-7. A Trade
Paperback Original, Pub Date: December 20, 2001
For more information or to interview Steven
Blush please contact Faustine Haarman at Feral House
213-689-4502 or Susan Mainzer at Green Galactic, 323-466-5141