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Radio Silence: A Selected Visual History of American Hardcore Music
by Nathan Nedorostek
Publisher's Description
Radio Silence: A Selected Visual History of American Hardcore Music is a tribute to the innocence and accidental sophistication that jump-started the look and sound of hardcore music. Emerging just after the wave of punk rock in the late 1970s and early 1980s, hardcore evolved into its own distinctive identity. It is the come-as-you-are version of punk, without the “live fast, die young” shock value or the skulls and safety pins. Hardcore is high-tops and hooded sweatshirts and photocopied fanzines, where suburban restlessness translated into fast, hard music, and overflowed into graffiti and skateboarding. Bands like Minor Threat, the Bad Brains, and Black Flag established the sound and showbased culture of hardcore, and attracted skateboarders, surfers, BMXers, metalheads, and hip-hop fans who brought their diverse influences to the hardcore sound, ethos, and design aesthetic.

Radio Silence documents the ignored space between the Ramones and Nirvana through the words and images of the pre-internet era where this community built on DIY ethics thrived, where musicians and fans booked shows, photographed bands, aired pirate radio shows, started record labels, designed album covers, and published zines themselves. Authors Nathan Nedorostek and Anthony Pappalardo have catalogued private collections of unseen images, personal letters, original artwork, and various ephemera from the hardcore scene circa 1978–1993. Unseen photos lie next to handmade T-shirts and original artwork brought to life by the words of their creators and fans. Radio Silence includes over 500 images of rare records, T-shirts, fanzines, photographs, and illustrations, along with an essay by photographer Mark Owens and contributions by Jeff Nelson of Minor Threat, Dave Smalley, Walter Schreifels, and Pat Dubar.
ISBN: 1576874729
Publisher: MTV Press
Paperback : 224 pages
Language: English
Dimensions: 7.4 x 10.8 x 0 inches
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