Presented by Newbury Comics
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Directed by Drew Stone [85 min]
Documents the community and culture of the early Boston Hardcore music scene from 1981 thru 1984, focusing on the straight-edge, DIY ethic of the time.
The conventional story of post–Sex Pistols punk goes something like this: after The Clash broke up, punk disappeared. Ten years later, Nirvana suddenly exploded out of nowhere. However, punk never actually disappeared; it simply went underground. Instead of coalescing in a national movement, hardcore punk scenes sprouted up in cities across America—from Orange County to the California Bay Area, to Washington, DC, New York, and, of course, Boston.
Hardcore is more than just music: it is a community. Disaffected kids living in the suburbs of Reagan’s America found themselves drawn to the city by the energy of the people creating a scene there. Whether forming bands, opening clubs, or starting zines, members of this community were united by their desire to escape the cookie-cutter lives they were told were their only option. This music, this culture, changed lives by providing an outlet through which to unleash creativity and discover who one really was—and, ultimately, how to be that person at all times.
Containing never-before-seen footage of seminal bands such as SS Decontrol, DYS, Gang Green, Jerry’s Kids, The F.U.’s, and Negative FX, ALL AGES: THE BOSTON HARDCORE FILM captures the intensity of the Boston punk scene in all of its dimensions.
Photo by Phil In Phlash photography