Radio Silence /
A Selected Visual History of American Hardcore Music

Radio Silence /
A Selected Visual History of American Hardcore Music

Radio Silence /
A Selected Visual History of American Hardcore Music

Radio Silence /
A Selected Visual History of American Hardcore Music

Radio Silence /
A Selected Visual History of American Hardcore Music

What happened

in-between the Ramones and Nirvana?

What happened

in-between the Ramones and Nirvana?

What happened
in-between the Ramones and Nirvana?

What happened 

in-between the Ramones and Nirvana?

What happened
in-between the Ramones and Nirvana?

Insight

Insight

Insight

Insight

Insight

Hardcore music has been largely overlooked by music history, yet the genre occupies a massively important space in the evolution of popular music. Its possible that the genre was seen as insignifigant because there were no single rock heros that emerged, but for every band that played a show, hundreds of other kids were inspired to do-it-themselves. Hardcore music’s contribution is most important as the sum of the whole. The story can’t be told from one single voice, it needs the whole crowd to participate, and its not just the voices, its the records, ephemera, instruments, artwork and photographs that will speak louder then the words.

Hardcore music has been largely overlooked by music history, yet the genre occupies a massively important space in the evolution of popular music. Its possible that the genre was seen as insignifigant because there were no single rock heros that emerged, but for every band that played a show, hundreds of other kids were inspired to do-it-themselves. Hardcore music’s contribution is most important as the sum of the whole. The story can’t be told from one single voice, it needs the whole crowd to participate, and its not just the voices, its the records, ephemera, instruments, artwork and photographs that will speak louder then the words.

Hardcore music has been largely overlooked by music history, yet the genre occupies a massively important space in the evolution of popular music. Its possible that the genre was seen as insignifigant because there were no single rock heros that emerged, but for every band that played a show, hundreds of other kids were inspired to do-it-themselves. Hardcore music’s contribution is most important as the sum of the whole. The story can’t be told from one single voice, it needs the whole crowd to participate, and its not just the voices, its the records, ephemera, instruments, artwork and photographs that will speak louder then the words.

Hardcore music has been largely overlooked by music history, yet the genre occupies a massively important space in the evolution of popular music. Its possible that the genre was seen as insignifigant because there were no single rock heros that emerged, but for every band that played a show, hundreds of other kids were inspired to do-it-themselves. Hardcore music’s contribution is most important as the sum of the whole. The story can’t be told from one single voice, it needs the whole crowd to participate, and its not just the voices, its the records, ephemera, instruments, artwork and photographs that will speak louder then the words.

Hardcore music has been largely overlooked by music history, yet the genre occupies a massively important space in the evolution of popular music. Its possible that the genre was seen as insignifigant because there were no single rock heros that emerged, but for every band that played a show, hundreds of other kids were inspired to do-it-themselves. Hardcore music’s contribution is most important as the sum of the whole. The story can’t be told from one single voice, it needs the whole crowd to participate, and its not just the voices, its the records, ephemera, instruments, artwork and photographs that will speak louder then the words.

Action

Action

Action

Action

Action

The authors began by organizing personal collections of ephemera, records, photographs and interviews into small narratives that illustated exisiting folklore. This lead to a hypothesis: If this body of work is presented as an archive in the Smithsonian, this will elevate the narrative and legitimize the influence of the genre.

The authors began by organizing personal collections of ephemera, records, photographs and interviews into small narratives that illustated exisiting folklore. This lead to a hypothesis: If this body of work is presented as an archive in the Smithsonian, this will elevate the narrative and legitimize the influence of the genre.

The authors began by organizing personal collections of ephemera, records, photographs and interviews into small narratives that illustated exisiting folklore. This lead to a hypothesis: If this body of work is presented as an archive in the Smithsonian, this will elevate the narrative and legitimize the influence of the genre.

The authors began by organizing personal collections of ephemera, records, photographs and interviews into small narratives that illustated exisiting folklore. This lead to a hypothesis: If this body of work is presented as an archive in the Smithsonian, this will elevate the narrative and legitimize the influence of the genre.

The authors began by organizing personal collections of ephemera, records, photographs and interviews into small narratives that illustated exisiting folklore. This lead to a hypothesis: If this body of work is presented as an archive in the Smithsonian, this will elevate the narrative and legitimize the influence of the genre.

Outcome

Outcome

Outcome

Outcome

Outcome

When publishers read the initial pitch they said “A coffee table book about hardcore music? Does your audience even own a coffee table?” Radio Silence inspired a generation to do-it-themselves. Now we’re seeing a flood of books covering hudreds of nuanced narratives about hardcore music.  
— 50,000 copies sold in North America as of June 2018
— Peaked at Top 100 in Music Books on Amazon

When publishers read the initial pitch they said “A coffee table book about hardcore music? Does your audience even own a coffee table?” Radio Silence inspired a generation to do-it-themselves. Now we’re seeing a flood of books covering hudreds of nuanced narratives about hardcore music.  
— 50,000 copies sold in North America as of June 2018
— Peaked at Top 100 in Music Books on Amazon

When publishers read the initial pitch they said “A coffee table book about hardcore music? Does your audience even own a coffee table?” Radio Silence inspired a generation to do-it-themselves. Now we’re seeing a flood of books covering hudreds of nuanced narratives about hardcore music.  
— 50,000 copies sold in North America as of June 2018
— Peaked at Top 100 in Music Books on Amazon

When publishers read the initial pitch they said “A coffee table book about hardcore music? Does your audience even own a coffee table?” Radio Silence inspired a generation to do-it-themselves. Now we’re seeing a flood of books covering hudreds of nuanced narratives about hardcore music.  
— 50,000 copies sold in North America as of June 2018
— Peaked at Top 100 in Music Books on Amazon

When publishers read the initial pitch they said “A coffee table book about hardcore music? Does your audience even own a coffee table?” Radio Silence inspired a generation to do-it-themselves. Now we’re seeing a flood of books covering hudreds of nuanced narratives about hardcore music.  
— 50,000 copies sold in North America as of June 2018
— Peaked at Top 100 in Music Books on Amazon

Services

Services

Services

Services

Services

Together, with my co-author Anthony Pappalardo, we conceived the idea, outlined the narrative, shopped to publishers and sold the book. We collaborated on shaping the narrative and split the copywriting (Anthony) and design (me) responsibilities.

Together, with my co-author Anthony Pappalardo, we conceived the idea, outlined the narrative, shopped to publishers and sold the book. We collaborated on shaping the narrative and split the copywriting (Anthony) and design (me) responsibilities.

Together, with my co-author Anthony Pappalardo, we conceived the idea, outlined the narrative, shopped to publishers and sold the book. We collaborated on shaping the narrative and split the copywriting (Anthony) and design (me) responsibilities.

Together, with my co-author Anthony Pappalardo, we conceived the idea, outlined the narrative, shopped to publishers and sold the book. We collaborated on shaping the narrative and split the copywriting (Anthony) and design (me) responsibilities.

Together, with my co-author Anthony Pappalardo, we conceived the idea, outlined the narrative, shopped to publishers and sold the book. We collaborated on shaping the narrative and split the copywriting (Anthony) and design (me) responsibilities.

Seekers of the Truth

Seekers of the Truth

Seekers of the Truth

Seekers of the Truth

Seekers of the Truth

From the beginning, the single most difficult thing was explaining why it was so important to present this project like a museum catalog. No one understood that the audience for this book was grown up, had jobs, families, mortgages. They didn’t want a scrappy throw away ‘zine, they wanted a objet d’art. Something that they could show their family that never understood why they skipped senior prom to see a band in a basement. They wanted a document that legitimized their youth and celebrated a different path.

From the beginning, the single most difficult thing was explaining why it was so important to present this project like a museum catalog. No one understood that the audience for this book was grown up, had jobs, families, mortgages. They didn’t want a scrappy throw away ‘zine, they wanted a objet d’art. Something that they could show their family that never understood why they skipped senior prom to see a band in a basement. They wanted a document that legitimized their youth and celebrated a different path.

From the beginning, the single most difficult thing was explaining why it was so important to present this project like a museum catalog. No one understood that the audience for this book was grown up, had jobs, families, mortgages. They didn’t want a scrappy throw away ‘zine, they wanted a objet d’art. Something that they could show their family that never understood why they skipped senior prom to see a band in a basement. They wanted a document that legitimized their youth and celebrated a different path.

From the beginning, the single most difficult thing was explaining why it was so important to present this project like a museum catalog. No one understood that the audience for this book was grown up, had jobs, families, mortgages. They didn’t want a scrappy throw away ‘zine, they wanted a objet d’art. Something that they could show their family that never understood why they skipped senior prom to see a band in a basement. They wanted a document that legitimized their youth and celebrated a different path.

From the beginning, the single most difficult thing was explaining why it was so important to present this project like a museum catalog. No one understood that the audience for this book was grown up, had jobs, families, mortgages. They didn’t want a scrappy throw away ‘zine, they wanted a objet d’art. Something that they could show their family that never understood why they skipped senior prom to see a band in a basement. They wanted a document that legitimized their youth and celebrated a different path.

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How Much Art?

How Much Art?

How Much Art?

How Much Art?

How Much Art?

A massive archive of photography was uncovered during our initial research. We spent hours talking to photographers, following leads, attributing sources, fact checking dates. When we received original prints or negatives from the photographers we were blow away at the detail. For the most part, few people had seen these images beyond a shitty Xerox reproduction on the back of a 7” record or paper ‘zine. That inspired a traveling photography show. We made it into an extension of our launch parties from NY and LA. Radio Silence Selected Photography spent a year on the road. 12 dates across the US and Canada featuring bands, merch, a group photo booth and 15 framed, hand printed silver gelatin archival fiber prints from the book. Laying your eyes on a 16”x20” print of Philin’ Phlash’s SSD shot from CB’s in 1984 if you’ve only seen is on the record insert is mind blowing.

A massive archive of photography was uncovered during our initial research. We spent hours talking to photographers, following leads, attributing sources, fact checking dates. When we received original prints or negatives from the photographers we were blow away at the detail. For the most part, few people had seen these images beyond a shitty Xerox reproduction on the back of a 7” record or paper ‘zine. That inspired a traveling photography show. We made it into an extension of our launch parties from NY and LA. Radio Silence Selected Photography spent a year on the road. 12 dates across the US and Canada featuring bands, merch, a group photo booth and 15 framed, hand printed silver gelatin archival fiber prints from the book. Laying your eyes on a 16”x20” print of Philin’ Phlash’s SSD shot from CB’s in 1984 if you’ve only seen is on the record insert is mind blowing.

A massive archive of photography was uncovered during our initial research. We spent hours talking to photographers, following leads, attributing sources, fact checking dates. When we received original prints or negatives from the photographers we were blow away at the detail. For the most part, few people had seen these images beyond a shitty Xerox reproduction on the back of a 7” record or paper ‘zine. That inspired a traveling photography show. We made it into an extension of our launch parties from NY and LA. Radio Silence Selected Photography spent a year on the road. 12 dates across the US and Canada featuring bands, merch, a group photo booth and 15 framed, hand printed silver gelatin archival fiber prints from the book. Laying your eyes on a 16”x20” print of Philin’ Phlash’s SSD shot from CB’s in 1984 if you’ve only seen is on the record insert is mind blowing.

A massive archive of photography was uncovered during our initial research. We spent hours talking to photographers, following leads, attributing sources, fact checking dates. When we received original prints or negatives from the photographers we were blow away at the detail. For the most part, few people had seen these images beyond a shitty Xerox reproduction on the back of a 7” record or paper ‘zine. That inspired a traveling photography show. We made it into an extension of our launch parties from NY and LA. Radio Silence Selected Photography spent a year on the road. 12 dates across the US and Canada featuring bands, merch, a group photo booth and 15 framed, hand printed silver gelatin archival fiber prints from the book. Laying your eyes on a 16”x20” print of Philin’ Phlash’s SSD shot from CB’s in 1984 if you’ve only seen is on the record insert is mind blowing.

A massive archive of photography was uncovered during our initial research. We spent hours talking to photographers, following leads, attributing sources, fact checking dates. When we received original prints or negatives from the photographers we were blow away at the detail. For the most part, few people had seen these images beyond a shitty Xerox reproduction on the back of a 7” record or paper ‘zine. That inspired a traveling photography show. We made it into an extension of our launch parties from NY and LA. Radio Silence Selected Photography spent a year on the road. 12 dates across the US and Canada featuring bands, merch, a group photo booth and 15 framed, hand printed silver gelatin archival fiber prints from the book. Laying your eyes on a 16”x20” print of Philin’ Phlash’s SSD shot from CB’s in 1984 if you’ve only seen is on the record insert is mind blowing.

Publisher

Publisher

Publisher

Publisher

Publisher

MTV Press
Jacob Hoye Editor
Lollion Chong
 Assitant Editor

MTV Press
Jacob Hoye Editor
Lollion Chong
 Assitant Editor

MTV Press
Jacob Hoye Editor
Lollion Chong
 Assitant Editor

MTV Press
Jacob Hoye Editor
Lollion Chong
 Assitant Editor

MTV Press
Jacob Hoye Editor
Lollion Chong
 Assitant Editor

Creative Team

Creative Team

Creative Team

Creative Team

Creative Team

APNN, LLC
Nathan Nedorostek Author
Anthony Pappalardo Author
Nathan Nedorostek Creative Director / Designer
Anthony Pappalardo Copywriter
Nathan Nedorostek Studio Photographer
James Fitzgerald Literary Agent
Dave Stein Lawyer
Jacob Pastrovich Producer
Sean Sullivan Producer
Alan Yuch Intern
David Gagliardi Intern

APNN, LLC
Nathan Nedorostek Author
Anthony Pappalardo Author
Nathan Nedorostek Creative Director / Designer
Anthony Pappalardo Copywriter
Nathan Nedorostek Studio Photographer
James Fitzgerald Literary Agent
Dave Stein Lawyer
Jacob Pastrovich Producer
Sean Sullivan Producer
Alan Yuch Intern
David Gagliardi Intern

APNN, LLC
Nathan Nedorostek Author
Anthony Pappalardo Author
Nathan Nedorostek Creative Director / Designer
Anthony Pappalardo Copywriter
Nathan Nedorostek Studio Photographer
James Fitzgerald Literary Agent
Dave Stein Lawyer
Jacob Pastrovich Producer
Sean Sullivan Producer
Alan Yuch Intern
David Gagliardi Intern

APNN, LLC
Nathan Nedorostek Author
Anthony Pappalardo Author
Nathan Nedorostek Creative Director / Designer
Anthony Pappalardo Copywriter
Nathan Nedorostek Studio Photographer
James Fitzgerald Literary Agent
Dave Stein Lawyer
Jacob Pastrovich Producer
Sean Sullivan Producer
Alan Yuch Intern
David Gagliardi Intern

APNN, LLC
Nathan Nedorostek Author
Anthony Pappalardo Author
Nathan Nedorostek Creative Director / Designer
Anthony Pappalardo Copywriter
Nathan Nedorostek Studio Photographer
James Fitzgerald Literary Agent
Dave Stein Lawyer
Jacob Pastrovich Producer
Sean Sullivan Producer
Alan Yuch Intern
David Gagliardi Intern