Wednesday, May 10, 2017

American Hardcore (2006)

Sony Pictures Classics
Directed by Paul Rachman
My rating: 3 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(DVD, Sony)

Nostalgic review of the origins of American punk rock from the late 70s to its decline in the mid 80s. A series of local "scenes" developed, each with its own sound and bands, eventually becoming networked as bands toured. The earliest scenes were in southern California with Black Flag leading the way, and on the east coast in DC, with Bad Brains and Minor Threat the leading bands. Hundreds of bands across the country took up the sound, mostly teenage boys venting their frustrations through short, aggressive, three chord songs. It was fun if you were there, and this certainly will appeal to those who were, but others may be less enthusiastic. Recent interviews with some of the band members puts it all in perspective.

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