Seattle Grunge Rock Class Agenda, 9/11/12

Posted: September 8, 2012 in The Strangest Tribe: the College Course

Tuesday, September 11

Topic: Hardcore punk, 1980-1984.

Hardcore became the American successor to the 1970s punk movement.  Railing against the Reagan Revolution, groups of young kids throughout the country formed deeply underground music scenes. Unlike punk rock’s embracing of the feminine, hardcore ruled with super-charged testosterone. Shows were often marred by violence.  The movement pretty much burned itself out by the time Reagan was reelected in 1984.  That being said, hardcore laid the basis for American alternative/college rock.  Young people created music communities out of thin air, and connected themselves to other underground scenes.  By the end of the 1980s, underground music scenes flourished throughout the United States.

Music: Black Flag: “Rise Above;” Bad Brains: “Pay to Cum;” Minor Threat: “Betray;” the Fartz: “You Got a Brain (Use It.)”

DVD: American Hardcore: The History of American Punk Rock, 1980-1986.

Text: Michael Azerrad, Our Band Could Be Your Life: chapters 1 and 2.

Student presentations on the following music scenes: London, 1960s; Harlem (NYC), 1920s; Detroit (Motown), 1960s/’70s.

(Bad Brains)


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