The collection documents the emergence of the Powerviolence music scene, a little known subgenre of hardcore punk, which was
primarily active in the 1990s through the early 2000s. Materials consists of original fliers, posters, handbills, correspondence,
photographs, stickers, zines, and patches collected by San Francisco Bay Area drummer, Max Ward.
Powerviolence is a subgenre of hardcore punk known for dissonant, fast, and short songs with constant tempo changes. It emerged
in the early 1990s, primarily on the West Coast of the United States, with bands like Man is the Bastard, Spazz, and Capitalist
Casualties. Some trace the origins of powerviolence back to late 1980s hardcore bands such as Siege and SSD. Many of the leading
powerviolence bands had dissolved by the early 2000s but some some continue to tour.
5.6 linear feet
(10 boxes, 2 flat oversize boxes)
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