American Hardcore (film)

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American Hardcore
American hardcore ver2.jpg
The movie poster for American Hardcore.
Directed by Paul Rachman
Produced by Steven Blush
Paul Rachman
Written by Steven Blush
Starring Various musicians, entertainment executives, etc.
Distributed by Sony Pictures
Release date
September 22, 2006
Language English

American Hardcore: The History of American Punk Rock 1980-1986 is a documentary directed by Paul Rachman and written by Steven Blush. It is based on the book American Hardcore: A Tribal History also written by Blush. It was released on September 22, 2006 on a limited basis. The film features some early pioneers of the hardcore punk music scene including Bad Brains, Black Flag, D.O.A., Minor Threat, Minutemen, SSD, and others. It was released on DVD by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on February 20, 2007.


This documentary film addresses the birth and evolution of hardcore punk rock from 1978 to 1986 (although the packaging says 1980-1986). The documentary boasts extensive underground footage shot during the height of the hardcore movement. It features exclusive interviews with early hardcore punk music artists from bands such as Black Flag, Minor Threat, Bad Brains, and many more.


The film was shot and edited for 5 years with many clips of 80s hardcore bands being sent in by the bands themselves. Some of the footage was shot by director Paul Rachman in the 80s with the most notable piece of footage being the final show of Negative FX which spawned a riot after the power was cut mid-song.

Many of the interviews were actually done in both Paul Rachman's and Steven Blush's apartments in different areas to make it seem like they were done in different locations.

The film also features the photography of Edward Colver notably and principally, and his shot of Danny Spira from Wasted Youth covered in blood was used for the book cover.


American Hardcore OST
Studio album by Various artists
Released 10 October 2006
Genre Hardcore punk
Length 37:01
Label SST
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

1. Nervous Breakdown - Black Flag
2. Out of Vogue - Middle Class
3. Pay To Cum - Bad Brains
4. Fucked Up Ronnie - D.O.A.
5. Red Tape - Circle Jerks
6. Filler - Minor Threat
7. I Remember - MDC
8. Nic Fit - Untouchables
9. Kill a Commie - Gang Green
10. Boston Not L.A. - The Freeze
11. Straight Jacket - Jerry's Kids
12. Boiling Point - SSD
13. Who Are You/Time To Die - Void
14. Came Without Warning - Scream
15. Enemy for Life - YDI
16. Runnin' Around - D.R.I.
17. Don't Tread On Me - Cro-Mags
18. Friend or Foe - Negative Approach
19. Bad Attitude - Articles of Faith
20. Think For Me - Die Kreuzen
21. I Hate Sports - 7 Seconds
22. Brickwall - Big Boys
23. I Was a Teenage Fuckup - Really Red
24. I Hate Children - The Adolescents
25. My Mind's Diseased - Battalion of Saints
26. Ha Ha Ha - Flipper
27. Victim In Pain - Agnostic Front


Interviewees include:


  1. ^ Unterberger, Richie. "American Hardcore: The History of American Punk Rock 1980-1986 - Original Soundtrack". Allmusic. Retrieved 13 February 2010.


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