"One of the most comprehensive, well-written punk rock books you’ll stumble upon. One particular aspect that stands out in the book is David’s ability to contextualize the events within a larger historical framework. By incorporating significant details from the world at that time, readers gain a broader understanding of the cultural backdrop against which the UKHC scene flourished... The stories within 'A Hardcore Heart' are imbued with a healthy dose of humour, ensuring that readers will find themselves laughing while reading."
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"The book takes readers on a comprehensive journey... Expect mentions of influential bands like Green Day, NOFX, Alice Donut, Spermbirds, Samiam, Down By Law, Hot Water Music, Leatherface, Piebald, among many others. The interconnectedness of these bands and the harmonious manner in which they collaborated, all without the aid of social media or the internet, is genuinely remarkable. David also provides insights into the straight-edge, vegetarian, and vegan movements that were prevalent in the UK during that time. Readers gain an understanding of how these ideologies influenced and shaped the UK scene, allowing them to appreciate the larger cultural context in which the music thrived. David’s attention to detail and willingness to delve into the depths of these movements give readers a sense of immersion, allowing them to feel like a part of the experience."
"An exceptional book that offers a brilliant, descriptive, and entertaining glimpse into the UKHC scene of the 1990s... personal experiences lend authenticity and credibility to the stories shared within its pages. From start to finish, the captivating narratives will hold your attention and, hopefully, inspire you to embark on your creative journey within the DIY scene."
You can pick up a copy of 'A Hardcore Heart: Adventures in a D.I.Y. scene' by David Gamage in most good book or record stores, or online resellers, or order direct from Earth Island Books. It's available in paperback, hardback and ebook.