A new book is about to drop, which documents the hardcore scene from the 1990s. Burning Fight: The Nineties Hardcore Revolution in Ethics, Politics, Spirit and Sound will be released in May. You can pre-order it here.
(Pictured above, book cover & Prevail and Stretch Armstrong circa 1995)
Here's the blurb from the order site:
Although some define hardcore as a specific sound, most believe it's more than that; a set of varying ideas, ethics, principles, attitudes and, yes, music, that converge to form a community. "Burning Fight: The Nineties Hardcore Revolution In Ethics, Politics, Spirit, And Sound" by Brian Peterson provides some answers, but also brings up a whole new set of questions for those who've been drawn to the scene's political, social, ethical and spiritual ideas amidst
the screamed vocals and abrasive chords. "Burning Fight" features commentary
from approximately 150 participants from the nineties hardcore scene as well as
oral history articles about straight edge, politics, vegetarianism and
interviews with a variety of influential bands such as: Avail, Burn, Earth
Crisis, Inside Out, Integrity, Los Crudos, Spitboy, Strife, Texas Is The Reason,
Unbroken and more. 503 pages.
Peterson has interviews with a host of people and bands who experienced the scene, including:
108, Avail, Burn, Cave In, Coalesce, Damnation A.D., Deadguy, Disembodied, Downcast, Earth Crisis, Endpoint, Groundwork, Guilt, Inside Out, Integrity, Los Crudos, Mouthpiece, Racetraitor, Ressurection, Rorshcach, Shelter, Spitboy, Split Lip/Chamberlain, StrifeSwing Kids, Texas Is The Reason, Threadbare, Trial, Unbroken, Undertow, Vegan Reich
One band that was interviewed, but didn't make the cut was Florence's own Prevail. If you are my age and were into music, especially hardcore or punk, you probably saw these guys out at the Cootie Hut back in the early '90s. All the guys in Prevail were good guys. Being good friends with some of the members, I went on a road trip with them probably sometime around '94 or '95. They played a straightedge festival in Cleveland. And I am taking this chance to apologize to them. If I had not woke a dozing-off Jaime up from behind the wheel as we entered Ohio, they (along with me) would have probably all died in a fiery crash. Meeting such an end would have guaranteed they made the cut for this book. My apologies.
Anyway, having not made the cut, I had posted their interview, but have since removed it. My apologies to Mr. Peterson.