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Don't Let the World Rot: Anarchism, Hardcore, and Counterculture

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2016
Abstract/Description:
Hardcore music is intrinsically anarchistic. The hardcore music scene represents a radical departure from contemporary society. Rejecting the materialism, militarism, and hedonism of the mainstream music scene(-)and, by extension, modern culture(-)hardcore music presents an alternative lifestyle rooted in solidarity, equality, and liberty. Indeed, the culture of the hardcore scene approaches a transitive, nomadic model of an anarchistic commune built on resistance as a way of life. In this study, I identified the ways music and lyrics craft attitudes and environments for revolt and rebellion, cultivating critical thinking and disobedience in equal measures. In order to understand the hardcore community, I conducted interviews, studied political theory, analyzed the lyrics of hardcore bands, and synthesized the data to draw connections between major thematic elements of this community. I've found that hardcore music has created a countercultural ethos that subverts and defies political apathy and instigates direct action in order to revolutionize the political process and erect spaces of anarchic solidarity.
Title: Don't Let the World Rot: Anarchism, Hardcore, and Counterculture.
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Name(s): Bolt, Pearson, Author
Grajeda, Anthony, Committee Chair
Beck, Christian, Committee Member
Meehan, Kevin, Committee Member
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2016
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Hardcore music is intrinsically anarchistic. The hardcore music scene represents a radical departure from contemporary society. Rejecting the materialism, militarism, and hedonism of the mainstream music scene(-)and, by extension, modern culture(-)hardcore music presents an alternative lifestyle rooted in solidarity, equality, and liberty. Indeed, the culture of the hardcore scene approaches a transitive, nomadic model of an anarchistic commune built on resistance as a way of life. In this study, I identified the ways music and lyrics craft attitudes and environments for revolt and rebellion, cultivating critical thinking and disobedience in equal measures. In order to understand the hardcore community, I conducted interviews, studied political theory, analyzed the lyrics of hardcore bands, and synthesized the data to draw connections between major thematic elements of this community. I've found that hardcore music has created a countercultural ethos that subverts and defies political apathy and instigates direct action in order to revolutionize the political process and erect spaces of anarchic solidarity.
Identifier: CFE0006267 (IID), ucf:51042 (fedora)
Note(s): 2016-08-01
M.A.
Arts and Humanities, English
Masters
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Subject(s): anarchy -- hardcore -- music -- politics -- counterculture
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0006267
Restrictions on Access: public 2016-08-15
Host Institution: UCF

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