The Vinyl Factory will be exploring its development across record sleeves in a new exhibition and publication American Hardcore: 1978-1990.
An aesthetic developed that was provocative, political and unrefined, with the likes of Black Flag and Bad Brains emerging as a ‘puritanical’ alternative to the ‘decadence’ of big city punk bands like the Ramones and New York Dolls according to the Vinyl Factory.
Hosted in association with The Mott Collection, 50 sleeves will be presented charting the development of a movement, which began as a broad musical movement before developing a level of unification.
Movements began to pop up in small west coast communities including Hermosa Beach and San Pedro, while the same thing was happening in Washington DC and Boston.
Despite its localism, relentless tour schedules gave the bands – who sometimes toured for years – a national audience. Soon enough this in turn gave rise to small hardcore scenes country-wide.
An accompanying catalogue has been limited to a run of 300 copies and documents 50 US hardcore punk singles.
The catalogue, printed and designed by Ditto Press also includes a 7” vinyl pressing of a 1981 Black Flag interview and an oversize fold out print.
American Hardcore 1978-1990 runs from 11 April – 4 May at The Vinyl Factory, Chelsea, 91 Walton Street, London, SW3