Sober Living for the Revolution: Hardcore Punk, Straight by Gabriel Kuhn

By Gabriel Kuhn

Reading the multigenerational impression of punk rock tune, this foreign survey of the political-punk instantly aspect movement—which has persevered as a drug-free, hardcore way of life for greater than 25 years—traces its background from Nineteen Eighties Washington, DC, to at the present time. saying that medications will not be inevitably rebellious and that no longer all rebels do them, the list additionally defies universal conceptions of heterosexual edge's political legacy as being linked to self-righteous, macho posturing and conservative Puritanism. to the contrary, the circulate has been associated with radical suggestion and motion through the numerous participants, bands, and whole scenes profiled in the course of the dialogue. energetic and exhaustive, this dynamic assessment contains contributions from famed immediately facet punk rockers Ian MacKaye of juvenile danger and Fugazi, Dennis Lyxz?n of Refused and the overseas Noise Conspiracy, and Andy Hurley of Fall Out Boy; mythical bands ManLiftingBanner and element of No go back; radical collectives reminiscent of CrimethInc. and Alpine Anarchist Productions; and diverse different artists and activists committed as a lot to sober dwelling as to the struggle for a greater international.

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Both Burt and I figured by the end of it; MdnLiftingBanner JONcover: Ten Inches 1hatSJ}()ok the World that's the final blow we needed, that's the end for us propagating the sXe lifestyle. That's the end of the lifestylism period. T, and later Burt toO, joined the International Socialists, who we are still members of. I think one of the main problems is that moralism and materialism just don't mix. So I would say that straight edge and communism was nevef a natural union. It was more like coming to terms with what we considered most important in our lives.

But there is also the other side of the coin, where revolutionaries and potential revo­ lutionaries ended up in the gutter because of alcohol and/or drugs. For example: it's known that the US government was eventually able to destroy the Black Panther! Black Power movement by bringing dope into the black communities. And there are other examples of struggles lost because of alcohol and/or drugs. And let's face it: in a lot of working class and poor communities all around the world, alcohol and drugs do more damage than good.

That's the end of the lifestylism period. T, and later Burt toO, joined the International Socialists, who we are still members of. I think one of the main problems is that moralism and materialism just don't mix. So I would say that straight edge and communism was nevef a natural union. It was more like coming to terms with what we considered most important in our lives. For some time, sXe and communism coexisted next to each other and there was a mar­ riage of convenience, a sXe commie image that appealed to quite a lot of people but by 1993.

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