Tag: hardcore

In the early 1980s, Pittsburgh’s punk rock scene emerged just as the steel industry was collapsing. According to the documentary Give Us A Chance: Pittsburgh Punk, “the shifting regional landscape, with its mill closings, historic employment loss, and eventual population flight into the suburbs, altered generations of individual families and communities, while creating new opportunities in its wake…

On September 29, 1984, photographer Greg Blair saw Black Flag play at the Lawrence Opera House in Lawrence, Kansas. It was his first time attending a hardcore show, so as Blair recounts, he was taking it all in as he walked around the venue that night. As one of the opening bands played, he ran into a young Henry Rollins,…

It’s difficult to find fans more devoted than those who follow hardcore and metal. It’s more lifestyle than music preference. And while the genre has experienced lean times, it’s currently experiencing a new golden age. This past June at Hellfest, the genre’s preiminent festival, photographer Ronan Thenady chronicled the chaos.