Thursday, February 25, 2010

American Hardcore makers are passing the collection plate

The makers of the American Hardcore book and film are at it again. This time they plan to highlight lesser-known acts in Lost Rockers.

Though almost everything I work on is for academic projects and is, in my mind at least, grant-worthy, I'm not so sure I'm comfortable with filmmakers or bands asking for cash whenever they have a film or album they want to release. Most of the people who care enough to want to release a punk film or album have more ambition than they have resources, and while our little communities support each other when needed (see the recent benefit show to release the final Spoft Spots 7"), should anyone really beg to the whole world as if they are a televangelist?

Come to think of it, maybe the minds behind American Hardcore should have rocked gold lame' pants like they claim our predecessors in Atlanta did when yesteryear's hardcore heroes had the "displeasure" of sharing the 688 or Metroplex stage with Neon Christ and DDT. That way, they'd have vintage threads to sell and they could then spend that money on this film.

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