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80s Hardcore

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Boston Punk Culture From The 80′s

The two east coast cities that had the biggest impact on Hardcore in the ’80s were D.C. and Boston (Sorry NYC). The bands coming out of these places resonated with me and all of my homies. We did not get mad when they named their comp “This Is Boston Not L.A” – we actually thought it was funny. Anyway, a couple of weeks ago, I watched this kick-ass documentary called All Ages-Boston Hardcore The Film and realized what really happened over there to create such an important scene. Today CVLT Nation would like to salute one of the most important cities for 80’s hardcore, Boston. Now it’s time to have a look at these portraits of a community that touched the world. I know when I stare at these photos, I realize that what was happening in Beantown was taking place all over the world. Also, I can’t help but feel all of the creative energy many of these youth had. The DIY spirit reigned supreme in Boston, that’s for sure…Personally, I want to say thank you to this city for giving me so many rad bands to listen to…Respect due to the whole crew that created All Ages-Boston Hardcore The Film and photographer Phil in Phlash. Watch the Documentary HERE!!!

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All of the photos below were taken by Phil In Phlash

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All of the photos below were taken by Debbie Damage


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  1. Paz

    August 10, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Better f****** times. Kill them all let you know Carter sort them out.

  2. Schwarze Wulff

    September 24, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    great look at the past. hell ya.

  3. PFL1982

    September 24, 2014 at 5:52 am

    … ah, those were the days… glad to see one of the photos from my zine Suburban Voice used in this piece (the Minor Threat one where Ian is wearing a shirt that says Someplace Special).

  4. Charlie Garcia

    September 24, 2014 at 12:07 am

    Heather Hard Xore

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