What’s great about this is not just how many people of the NY hardcore community are in attendance, but also how many members of bands are there. While portrayed here like hardcore was an uninformed rebellious group of young mifsits, I think it’s important how much solidarity there is across gender and people of diverse ideals (straight edge, skinhead, etc…). Clearly having fun with this media opportunity, hardcore was not something the general public would know anything about, especially when some outside dude tries to learn a bit about the scene and express some truth to the rest of public about them. Not even inviting them on some televised talk show for an hour would illuminate what such radical communities are all about. The only way you understand hardcore is by full participation. Everything else is extremely inconsequential to the scene, and an unfortunate misrepresentation to the rest of society of what impact many of these people had. What a fucking shame that most of today’s bands who claim they are hardcore are solely comprised of sheer aesthetic. Fashion is important to engage within a certain camaraderie, but fashion alone is bullshit. I’m sick of people with their glammy fashion, singing about petty bullshit, about banal feelings, about superficial politics. I want to see young people of today invade and disrupt hubs of mass media and the entertainment industry, rather than allow those institutions to exploit them for the sake of creating a facade of some righteous or radical lifestyle that doesn’t exist anymore. And I am not saying it takes bourgeois institutions to measure the success of dissent and creative expression, nor am I saying that such a community doesn’t exist just because we don’t see it anywhere on the internet or elsewhere in the media. I do feel, however, that it’s rare to see people of radical mindsets gather together in a place, even if they are all vehemently opposed to such a venue (like a Donahue set). Seeing those who are attempting to push art, music, and provoke an evolution of marginalized social values, standing up for their lifestyle with such a broad range of ideals, should be very intriguing, especially for those of us who are falling all the more into identities mired in solipsism. And most important, that this happens outside of, or in addition to, the virtual world we continually perpetuate. Ain’t nothing gonna change until people can collectively create communities outside of current spectacles, something beyond materialism and the sensationalist presence of individuals floating around in an ether of disparity.