Sober Living for the Revolution: Hardcore Punk, Straight by Gabriel Kuhn

By Gabriel Kuhn

Interpreting the multigenerational impression of punk rock track, this foreign survey of the political-punk directly facet movement—which has endured as a drug-free, hardcore way of life for greater than 25 years—traces its historical past from Eighties Washington, DC, to this day. announcing that medicinal drugs usually are not unavoidably rebellious and that now not all rebels do them, the list additionally defies universal conceptions of heterosexual edge's political legacy as being linked to self-righteous, macho posturing and conservative Puritanism. to the contrary, the move has been associated with radical notion and motion through the numerous contributors, bands, and full scenes profiled in the course of the dialogue. energetic and exhaustive, this dynamic review contains contributions from famed directly facet punk rockers Ian MacKaye of teenage possibility and Fugazi, Dennis Lyxz?n of Refused and the foreign Noise Conspiracy, and Andy Hurley of Fall Out Boy; mythical bands ManLiftingBanner and element of No go back; radical collectives comparable to CrimethInc. and Alpine Anarchist Productions; and various different artists and activists devoted as a lot to sober dwelling as to the struggle for a greater global.

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Hey. we're not fucking around. " Kuhn, Gabriel (Editor). Sober Living for the Revolution. Oakland, CA, USA: PM Press, 2010. p 36. id=10370000&ppg=37 But most of the kids involved with the early DC hard core scene were drink­ ing. Some of my dearest friends were fuck-ups. It certainly wasn't this weird cult where you'd get slapped if you were seen with a cup of beer in your hand. That is just a fallacy. When you say "we," who does that include? Minor Threat? No, it was a larger clique. I guess you could call it the "Dischord scene" - you know, the sccnc first defined by Minor Threat, Faith etc.

Our label. Crucial Response Records also backed us up polirically. Then you had rhe bands Com­ rade in Rome or Manifesto in Spain, bur rhey came our when we were already gone; the same goes for Sober Response in Holland, who were partly communist as well. \Vhat happcncd ::dier that I'm not so sure. \Vere Miozan and Rcfuscd commies? sXe? Olav: There is truth in whar Michie! says, bur at rhe same time let's see ir in some perspective: the early 90s were a pretty bad time for hardcore in general. especially after the glorious decade of 80s hardcore.

People at shows would get into fights because somebody was wearing a wrong T-shirt or had long hair or just something really absurd like that. This made me realize what a completely pointless, unconstructive activity it was, but, by talking to these kids, I also understood that they had been inspired by my violence. It was like this biblical concept coming ttut:, violence begets violence, and it became very clear to me that this was somt:thing I had to stop in my life. " But thm I realized that ifyoll do 32 Sober Livi ng for the Revolution not speak that language.

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