Hard Core

Hard Core Author Harley Flanagan
ISBN-10 9781627310390
Year 2016-09-05
Pages 448
Language en
Publisher Feral House

As a homeless child prodigy, Harley Flanagan played drums for bands at Max’s Kansas City and CBGBs, and was taught to play bass by the famed black band Bad Brains, and drank with the notorious Lemmy of Motörhead. Most famously, Harley became a member of the famous hardcore band The Cro-Mags, and disputes accusations of stabbing two band members.

An American Demon

An American Demon Author Jack Grisham
ISBN-10 9781554909506
Year 2011-05-01
Pages 320
Language en
Publisher ECW Press

An American Demon is Jack Grisham's story of depravity and redemption, terror and spiritual deliverance. While Grisham is best known as the raucous and provocative front man of the pioneer hardcore punk band TSOL (True Sounds of Liberty), his writing and true life experiences are physically and psychologically more complex, unsettling, and violent than those of Bret Easton Ellis and Chuck Palahniuk. Eloquently disregarding the prefabricated formulas of the drunk'to'sober, bad'to'good tale, this is an entirely new kind of life lesson: summoned through both God and demons, while settling within eighties hardcore punk culture and its radical'to'the'core (and most assuredly non'evangelical) parables, Grisham leads us, cleverly, gorgeously, between temporal violence and bigger-picture spirituality toward something very much like a path to salvation and enlightenment. An American Demon flourishes on both extremes, as a scary hardcore punk memoir and as a valuable message to souls navigating through an overly materialistic and woefully self'absorbed "me first" modern society. An American Demon conveys anger and truth within the perfect setting, using a youth rebellion that changed the world to open doors for this level of brash destruction. Told from the point of view of a seminal member of the American Punk movement ' doused in violence, rebellion, alcoholism, drug abuse, and ending with beautiful lessons of sobriety and absolution ' this book is as harrowing and life'affirming as anything you're ever going to read.


NYHC Author Tony Rettman
ISBN-10 1935950126
Year 2014-11-20
Pages 384
Language en
Publisher Bazillion Points

An extensive oral history of New York City's 1980s hardcore punk scene traces the evolutions of key contributors and rivalries as well as the influences of such factors as moshing, heavy metal and Krishna consciousness. Original.

Disco s Out Murder s In

Disco s Out   Murder s In Author Heath Mattioli
ISBN-10 9781627310239
Year 2015-10-19
Pages 230
Language en
Publisher Feral House

Famous for its revolutionary aspects in musical, political, sexual identity and consumerist ideas, punk rock also has its lesser-known gangster ethos as well, explained here by players in the various punk gangs. The Los Angeles, Orange County, and South Bay punk scenes, populated by blue collar kids who responded to the violence and aggression of punk songs and shows. A number of them formed punk gangs that got into beatings, drug dealing and murder. Among them, no gang was more notorious than La Mirada Punks, or LMP. Says LMP chieftain Frank the Shank after getting arrested by police for murder: "After having my hands in so much bloodshed over the years, I most certainly had it coming. I deserved whatever I got." Unexpectedly Frank was bailed out from prison by his father's friend, a mob gangster. "Too many people died at the hands of punk rock violence," said Frank. "I got lucky, some didn't. As an ultra-violent punk rock gangster, I admit my part in ruining the scene. L.A. punk was a magical moment of youth expression like no other. And the gangs ruined punk rock. I still have people telling me today that they quit punk because of LMP. I dig graves at a small cemetery just outside Los Angeles. What else would you expect for Frank the Shank?" Cover illustration by the renowned Raymond Pettibon.

Hardcore Zen

Hardcore Zen Author Brad Warner
ISBN-10 9781614293163
Year 2015-12-01
Pages 232
Language en
Publisher Simon and Schuster

Zen, plain and simple, with no BS. This is not your typical Zen book. Brad Warner, a young punk who grew up to be a Zen master, spares no one. This bold new approach to the "Why?" of Zen Buddhism is as strongly grounded in the tradition of Zen as it is utterly revolutionary. Warner's voice is hilarious, and he calls on the wisdom of everyone from punk and pop culture icons to the Buddha himself to make sure his points come through loud and clear. As it prods readers to question everything, Hardcore Zen is both an approach and a departure, leaving behind the soft and lyrical for the gritty and stark perspective of a new generation. This new edition will feature an afterword from the author.

Why be Something that You re Not

Why be Something that You re Not Author Tony Rettman
ISBN-10 1889703036
Year 2010
Pages 239
Language en

In the early 70s, Detroit was the musical hub of America, but by the early eighties, it was a wasteland. It took a group of skateboarders, a teacher and a census clerk to wake the city up and start one of the first hardcore punk scenes in America. Why Be Something That You're Not chronicles the first wave of Detroit hardcore from its origins in the late 70s to its demise in the mid-80s. Through oral histories and extensive imagery, the book proves that even though the California beach towns might have created the look and style of hardcore punk, it was the Detroit scene - along with a handful of other cities - that cultivated the music's grassroots aesthetic before most cultural hot spots around the globe even knew what the music was about. The book includes interviews with members of The Fix, Violent Apathy, Negative Approach, Necros, Pagans, Bored Youth, and L-Seven along with other people who had a hand in the early hardcore scene like Ian MacKaye, Tesco Vee and Dave Stimson.

My Damage

My Damage Author Keith Morris
ISBN-10 9780306824074
Year 2016-08-30
Pages 336
Language en
Publisher Hachette UK

Keith Morris is a true punk icon. No one else embodies the sound of Southern Californian hardcore the way he does. With his waist-length dreadlocks and snarling vocals, Morris is known the world over for his take-no-prisoners approach on the stage and his integrity off of it. Over the course of his forty-year career with Black Flag, the Circle Jerks, and OFF!, he's battled diabetes, drug and alcohol addiction, and the record industry...and he's still going strong. My Damage is more than a book about the highs and lows of a punk rock legend. It's a story from the perspective of someone who has shared the stage with just about every major figure in the music industry and has appeared in cult films like The Decline of Western Civilization and Repo Man. A true Hollywood tale from an L.A. native, My Damage reveals the story of Morris's streets, his scene, and his music-as only he can tell it.


ISBN-10 9780306824777
Year 2016-04-12
Pages 368
Language en
Publisher Da Capo Press

The story of how NOT to be a successful punk band, as told by one of punk’s most successful bands

Trapped in a Scene

Trapped in a Scene Author Ian Glasper
ISBN-10 1901447618
Year 2009
Pages 521
Language en

The underground hardcore scene of the mid to late 1980s was UK punk rock's last significant creative gasp. Emerging from the wreckage of the anarcho-punk scene spawned by the likes of Crass and Conflict, it took its influences from the studs 'n' leather punk bands of the early 1980s such as Discharge and GBH. These bands pushed musical boundaries into new avenues of extremity, helping to shape the alternative music scene of today. Trapped in a Scene is the long-awaited closing volume of Ian Glasper's celebrated trilogy on the UK punk scene of the 1980s.

No Slam Dancing No Stage Diving No Spikes

No Slam Dancing  No Stage Diving  No Spikes Author Amy Yates Wuelfing
ISBN-10 1491013303
Year 2015-01-12
Pages 434
Language en
Publisher CreateSpace

How did a lifeless, concrete bunker in the inner city come to be a cornerstone of the underground music scene? How did a club stuck between nowhere foster an atmosphere of creativity and promote a vibrant music scene ready to explode? Simply: with dedication, drive and passion. The story of City Gardens is a multifaceted tale of community, history and, tradition. While one man, the inimitable Randy Now, is credited (and rightly so) with growing and cultivating the scene at the Gardens, it took a community of freaks, weirdoes, and misfits to truly make it a home. No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes is the story of how that bunker became an oasis for wayward iconoclasts and cultural outcasts while witnessing some of the most compelling performances in music history. Told through the memories of bands, bouncers, stage management, bartenders, and fans-as well as the man who oversaw it all-No Slam Dancing is part history, part sociological study, and part legend. It is a document of times and events that occurred during the last great music age before technology changed everything. Over the course of hundreds of interviews, the authors pull together the narrative City Gardens during its nearly-20-year run. Whether they were the New Wave-crazed dancers who populated 90 Cent Dance Nights, or the punks and skins who caused mayhem during the hardcore shows, they were the ones who made every event a happening and every show something to behold. The individual memories merge to tell the story of a city, of a scene, and of the indomitable force of creativity.

Radio Silence

Radio Silence Author Nathan Nedorostek
ISBN-10 1576874729
Year 2008
Pages 221
Language en
Publisher Mtv Press

A singular document of the aesthetic of American Hardcore music and culture, this collection brings together unseen photographs, personal letters, original artwork, rare albums, 45s, T-shirts, fanzines and various ephemera from the hardcore scene circa 1978-1993. It includes more than 500 images and illustrations presented in a manner that abandons the aesthetic cliches normally used to depict the genre by letting the subject matter speak for itself. With contributions from such luminaries of the scene as Jeff Nelson of Minor Threat, Dave Smalley and Pat Dunbar.

Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha

Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha Author Daniel M. Ingram
ISBN-10 9781904658405
Year 2008
Pages 406
Language en
Publisher Karnac Books

* Author posits that enlightenment is an attainable goal * Argues that meditation is a method for examining reality The very idea that the teachings of meditation can be mastered will arouse controversy within Buddhist circles. Even so, Ingram insists that enlightenment is an attainable goal, once our fanciful notions of it are stripped away, and we have learned to use meditation as a method for examining reality rather than an opportunity to wallow in "self-absorbed mindnoise". Ingram sets out concisely the difference between concentration-based and insight (vipassana) meditation; he provides example practices; and most importantly he presents detailed maps of the states of mind we are likely to encounter, and the stages we must negotiate as we move through clearly-defined cycles of insight. It's easy to feel overawed, at first, by Ingram's assurance and ease in the higher levels of consciousness, but consistently he writes as a down-to-earth and compassionate guide--to the practitioner willing to commit themselves this is a glittering gift of a book.

The Hardcore Truth

The Hardcore Truth Author Bob Holly
ISBN-10 9781770903791
Year 2013-05-09
Pages 300
Language en
Publisher ECW Press

Long before he became 'Hardcore Holly,' Robert Howard was a fighter. From humble beginnings to fame as an internationally known superstar, The Hardcore Truth tells the story of Bob's life including his 16 years working for Vince McMahon. In this rollercoaster tale of success and frustration, replete with missed opportunities, broken promises and a broken neck, Bob shares his uncompromising views on the present wrestling landscape with fascinating insights into the world leader in sports entertainment.