When American Hardcore: A Tribal History was first published in 2001, it was the definitive written statement of an era. Putting a focus on the guys that were there—-shaved heads, rioting and all—-Stephen Blush‘s book put the movement in the pioneering context it deserves, pouring all the attitude and sneer of Henry Rollins and Glenn Danzig on the page. With the second edition, hardcore legends like Bad Brains, Dead Kennedys, and Black Flag get the encore they deserve, with a fan-friendly mess of interviews, snapshots of memorabilia, song lyrics, and a particularly drawn-out focus on the Straight Edge philosophy credited to Ian McKaye and Minor Threat.
But no book on a musical movement would be complete without the music itself, so author Stephen Blush uploaded 911 hardcore tracks released from the scene’s prime of 1981-1986 on the book’s website. The District is well represented: Check out tracks from locals Government Issue, Youth Brigade, Nuclear Crayons, Teen Idles, Market Disease, United Mutation, The Faith, and a handful of others. After a glance at the tracklist, I think it’s about time people start writing songs with titles like “Fuck Brooke Shields” again.
The second edition of Bush’s American Hardcore is available now via Feral House.