Steven Blush, photo by Paul Rachman
photo by Paul Rachman

has written three books on the subject of Rock: American Hardcore (Feral House, 2001), a history of the early-80s Hardcore Punk scene; American Hair Metal (Feral House, 2006), a visual tribute to big-haired rockers; and .45 Dangerous Minds (Creation, 2005), a collection of interviews with Pop Culture's most notorious. His writing has appeared in over 25 publications, including Spin, Details, Interview, Village Voice, and The Times Of London. For over 15 years he published the cult magazine Seconds, and still serves as contributing editor to Paper. For years he worked as a New York club DJ/promoter, noted for his "Röck Cändy" parties at Don Hill's and sound design for fashion designer Stephen Sprouse. Blush wrote and produced the American Hardcore documentary film (Sony Picture Classics, 2006), and followed that with an expanded and revised Second Edition of the American Hardcore book (Feral House, 2010).

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I'm documenting the American Hardcore Punk music scene because it's being forgotten. It's history is evaporating since as the participants die off or find religion or repress their memories of those dynamics days.

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To this day, '80s hardcore is ignored by the mainstream press, so this book is essential.
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American Hardcore is THE definitive statement on the hardcore scene.
The Big Takeover
You think you know, but you have no idea, until you pick up this reference to all things hardcore.
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