Welcome to episode 1 of Minnesota Hardcore, a new documentary web series focused on the years 1980 to 1985. This episode travels back in time to explore the effect that the ’60s had on local music. There will be seven episodes of Minnesota Hardcore released as a serial – and I liken it to a mixtape, oral history and urban legend, an attempt to document a vibrant local music scene that has gone undocumented for too long.
If one theme emerges, it’s that of participation. The hardcore scene allowed anyone to form a band, publish a fanzine, put on a show, do whatever they wanted. And to be clear, a scene is more than just the music; it must have personalities, shared traditions, common enthusiasm, attitudes and opinions.