American Hardcore: A Tribal History

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American Hardcore: A Tribal History
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Second edition cover (2010).
AuthorSteven Blush
Cover artistEdward Colver
CountryUnited States
SubjectAmerican hardcore punk movement (1980-1986)
PublisherFeral House
Publication date
October 2001

American Hardcore: A Tribal History is a book written by Steven Blush that relates the history of the hardcore punk movement that took place in Northern America between 1980 and 1986. It was first published by Feral House in October 2001.

The book was the basis of the documentary film American Hardcore (2006), directed by Paul Rachman.

Cover art[edit]

The book cover features a colorized version by Eric Hammer of a black-and-white photograph, taken by Edward Colver, portraying Danny Spira, lead singer of Los Angeles hardcore punk band Wasted Youth, performing in 1981 at Godzilla's, a former bowling alley, nightclub, and music venue in Sun Valley, California.[nb 1]

Second edition (2010)[edit]

Feral House released an extended second edition on November 1, 2010. In this practically new book, the author updated all of the chapters, added a new one titled "Destroy Babylon", which explores the mutant forms of spirituality that came from the movement, and interviewed over twenty-five new subjects. Blush also has unearthed over a hundred new pieces of artwork, drafted two hundred plus new band bios, and radically expanded discography. Most significant, he has offered a new conclusion which is an anomaly within the realm of period studies. The original book was 328 pages, and the revised edition 408.[1]


  1. ^ Blush [2001] 2010, p. 8


  1. ^ American Hardcore: A Tribal History, official website. American Hardcore Book. Retrieved June 9, 2015.

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