The first wave of American hardcore punk started in '81 and died by '85. It was a small window of opportunity, much like the days of grunge to listen to some great music and see the bands that changed the whole way of thinking and listening to music. But above all that, it was about the live show. Anyone who has ever been to an all ages punk rock show knows that the record is nothing without the live experience. The days of the early hardcore scene have been documented in an amazing documentary appropriately titled American Hardcore. What makes American Hardcore so much more than a simple documentary is the presentation. There is no narrator to place a bias on the subject matter. The story is told only by those who lived it, like Henry Rollins, Ian MacKaye, Mike Watt, Brett Gurewitz, Greg Hetson, H.R., Greg Ginn, and many others who helped pave the way for punk bands of today. If you have any interest in musical history, you can't get much better than American Hardcore.
Then they tore us open and bled us dry of our dignity and money