Date of Submission

Spring 2013

Academic Program

Historical Studies

Project Advisor 1

Mark Lytle

Project Advisor 2

Gregory Moynahan

Abstract/Artist's Statement

In the 1980s, a new genre of music developed out of punk rock. Emerging from the bands of high school kids that were disillusioned by the direction of punk as a fashion movement, hardcore was a faster, louder, more aggressive type of music. Their songs were short and to the point. Bands like Minor Threat, Dead Kennedys, and Black Flag all helped to start hardcore scenes around the country. They subscribed to a do-it-yourself (DIY) lifestyle and spoke out against mainstream society. Theirs was not just a social or musical movement, but it was a political movement. They spoke out against war, the presidency, and civil injustices. They encouraged individualism, creativity, and free speech. They practiced this regularly, and gave a voice to thousands of unheard teenagers and kids.

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