Positive hardcore

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Positive hardcore (sometimes shortened to posicore or posi-core) is a branch of the hardcore punk music scene, that is socially aware, or focuses on values, such as being inclusive, community-oriented, and anti-violent.[1][2] The genre was created as a backlash to the violence and negativity in the straight edge scene.[3]


Since the term was coined in the 1980s, it has been applied to a divergent group of musical styles and bands including 7 Seconds,[4] Youth of Today,[5] Good Clean Fun,[6] and The Wonder Years.[7] Early positive hardcore bands in the 1980s and 1990s sang about social issues such as the treatment of the LGBT community by the hardcore punk scene[4] as well as non-violence and scene unity.[8] These were topics that the hardliners rejected. In the late 2000s through the 2010s there has been a renaissance in the genre.[9] Instead of being a backlash against hardline, the renaissance comes from a backlash against the (2010s) dominant metalcore bands in the scene.[10]


  1. ^ Haenfler, 2006, pp. 92-96
  2. ^ Kuhn, 2010, p. 16
  3. ^ Reyes, 2008, p. 112
  4. ^ a b Ensminger, 2011, p. 162
  5. ^ Wood, 2006, p. 50
  6. ^ Haenfler, 2006, p. 93
  7. ^ Martin, 2011
  8. ^ Haenfler, 2006, pp. 94-95
  9. ^ Reyes, 2008, p. 116
  10. ^ Reyes, 2008, p. 114

References and Bibliography[edit]

  • Ensminger, D. A. (2011). Visual Vitriol: The Street Art and Subcultures of the Punk and Hardcore Generation. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.
  • Haenfler, R. (2006). Straight edge: Clean-living youth, hardcore punk, and social change. Piscataway: Rutgers University Press.
  • Kuhn, G. (2010). Sober Living for the Revolution: Hardcore Punk, Straight Edge, and Radical Politics. Oakland: PM Press.
  • Martin, T. (2011). Like Rats is an unlikely opener. Accessed from Northern Star http://northernstar.info/dekalb_scene/article_edf0bc0a-63dd-11e0-bf9c-001a4bcf6878.html
  • Reyes, I. (2008). Sound, technology, and interpretation in subcultures of heavy music production. (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest. (AAT 3322362)
  • Wood, R. T. (2006). Straight Edge Youth: The Complexity and Contradictions of a Subculture. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press.