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AGNOSTIC FRONT, PHOTOGRAPHER UNKNOWN
Last but not least. New York.
The streets of New York at the time were not safe at all, especially in the lower east side of Manhattan. Dark alleys, steam rising from manholes, thrash, rats and skins armed with chains and knives. A real urban warfare perfectly described by this photo. Boots, flag, chains, anger and a pyramid of sweaty bodies pushing, screaming and singing about united blood.
Notes from “Victim in pain” LP have been the soundtrack to my childhood and this is the insert’s picture.
I have no clue about the name of the venue, i just wish i was there.
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SS DECONTROL (SSD), GLEN E. FRIEDMAN, 1982
My favorite hardcore scene ever. Straight edge extremists with a taste for violence. Hockey sticks, blood, fists and broken teeth were the least common denominator for all the members of the Boston’s Hardcore movement.
Due to this violence during shows there are extremely rare pictures that document the existence of this scene.
One of these is the one i chose for you guys. As you can see in the picture the guitar player from SSD, Al Barile, is flyingkicking someone from the audience. And probably this was just the beginning of what would become a real brawl.
Those days are gone…. but never forget.
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MINOR THREAT, GLEN E. FRIEDMAN, 1983
The journey through the roots of American Hardcore moves eastward. We stop in Washington, D.C.
Defenders of the Straight Edge movement, superheroes with X drawn on the hands. The Minor Threat.
This photo, still taken by the almighty Glen E. Friedman, appeared on the cover of their posthumous EP, entitled Salad Days. I grew up with this image and the first notes of this record.
The band already broke up, leaving us this image that I associate involuntarily to a sense of sadness and regret.
The end of something you’ve believed is always accompanied by sad images.
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BLACK FLAG, GLEN E. FRIEDMAN, 1983
To be publicly crucified those who have never seen a stylized black flag wave on a shirt.
The Black Flag (Hermosa Beach, California) were the founders of the hardcore/punk movement, active since the late ’70s.
In this photo is the posthumous singer’s portrait, which came after Keith Morris and Chavo Pederast. I’m talking about Henry Rollins.
I’m very fascinated by the photographer (Glen E. Friedman) who has been able to capture, since the 70s, the birth of Californian skate and the birth of the seminal punk bands, whose name today are causing me a shiver down my spine.
The walls of my room were filled with posters, flyers and everything else came from the camera of this photographer. I would like to be adopted by him. Seriously!