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The history of american punk rock 1980-1986


Studio Sony
SKU 203651231
UPC 043396170940
UPC 14 00043396170940
Format DVD
Release Date 7/1/2008
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.78:1
Name Rachman,Paul
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Cast & Crew
Brett Gurewitz - Featuring
Flea - Featuring
Hank Williams, III - Featuring
Henry Rollins - Featuring
Ian MacKaye - Featuring
Karin Hayes, et. al. - Producer
Keith Morris - Featuring
Kevin Seconds - Featuring
Paul "H.R." Hudson - Featuring
Paul Rachman - Director
Paul Rachman - Cinematographer
Paul Rachman - Editor
Steven Blush - Writer
ReviewSource Variety
Review Excellent documentary "American Hardcore" chronicles the short-lived but influential musical moment when a defiantly anti-commercial underground put a distinctive U.S. stamp on the hitherto Brit-driven punk movement. Mirroring in propulsion and visual aesthetic the music (and poster/album cover art) itself, sharp survey brings an insular, now largely forgotten scene back to vivid life...Large roster of interviewees are a colorful, still-outspoken lot; as one notes, anyone looking for evidence of an organized radical left in the complacent '80s can hardly overlook this ultra-grassroots subset. The wealth of mostly vid-shot archival footage is often very rough in quality, but that suits hardcore's defining do-it-yourself doctrine. Jon Vondracek's graphics amplify aesthetic of the cut-and-paste Xerox art hardcore claimed as its own, while Rachman's editing is dynamic.
Reviewer Dennis Harvey
ReviewRating 9
Review Using Blush's 2001 book, American Hardcore: A Tribal History, as a springboard, the film maps the movement geographically, taking a tour through the US and British Columbia, as all of those bands once did. These were not musicians aiming to be superstars; they knew full well their loud, speed-driven music wasn't for the masses. Nevertheless, it's a scene that's well-documented, as the era coincided with the rise of video. The movie is crammed with footage that captures the bands on stage...American Hardcore may present a narrow focus on a subset of musical history, but the movie itself is not narrow. Instead, it's an expansive look at a genre and a tribe of musicians that found their collective voice. And there's one thing you could always say about hardcore - it was never boring.
Reviewer Pam Grady
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen, Dolby Digital Stereo, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Rachman,Paul
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post Stands as a valuable chronicle of a brief and snarling musical movement.
Noel Murray, The Onion A.V. Club A raucous, relevant documentary, capturing the mood of the times and the participants' best anecdotes.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone ...raw and can't tear your eyes away from this explosion of brutal sounds and images.

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