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Radio Silence: A Selected Visual History of American Hardcore Music

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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.

Hardcore music emerged just after the first wave of punk rock in the late 1970s. American punk kids who loved the speed and attitude of punk took hold of its spirit, got rid of the “live fa
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 7th 2008 by MTV Press
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A very cool document of hardcore's "visual history." There have been similar books about record sleeves and even badges, but Radio Silence takes a much wider scope, documenting all of these plus photos, letters, flyers, zines, and the hand-made clothing worn by some of hardcore's most famous scenesters. Some of the items are really cool... one of my favorites is a fan letter than my friend Brian (who is know about 40 I think?) wrote to Jeff Nelson from Minor Threat when he was like 16. I also re ...more
Simon Harvey
The central premise upon which this book is based is fundamentally and fatally flawed-- it conflates the straight edge, positivity-inspired element of hardcore with hardcore itself. It's a popular and agenda-driven misrepresentation that can only mislead and misinform outsiders to the actual nature of '80s hardcore, so to see this book peddling it-- even in the face of the contrary evidence displayed directly herein-- is irritating as it is predictable. Definitive giants of American hardcore lik ...more
This book tries really hard to cover a lot of territory. Definitely gives you more in the design department than in written content. It's not a failure but perhaps this should be a multi-volume series. It gets major things right but lots of small things wrong. Really scattered.

That said, the images, design info, type families, etc. are wonderful to see and great resources. Especially how pre-computer they all are. Even if some of the covers are horrible, seeing how they laid out text and image i
DJ Yossarian
For me personally this book was something of a disappointment as a large chunk of it is devoted to what I would call later hardcore (post, say, 1984), in which I have about zero interest. The coverage of the early stuff is fantastic though and overall it's a very visually rich account of the genre.
WOW. A brief history about the roots of american punk and hardcore with amazing photos, flyers, personal letters as well as personal record collections and tee shirt collections. This book really fills in any gaps that AMERICAN HARDCORE or Banned In D.C. may have left.
What a great look through Punk/Hardcore. some really good pictures and stories throughout
pretty tight book about hardcore. lots of good layout and design stuff.
Far, far superior to "American Hardcore".
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