MINNESOTA HARDCORE – Docu-series on Replacements, Husker Du, Soul Asylum & more.

Posted: April 11, 2021 in MUSIC

Watch a ‘Minnesota Hardcore’ docu-series on Replacements, Husker Du, Soul Asylum & more.

In the early ‘80s, misfit kids were playing fast garage rock, riding skateboards, slam dancing, making fanzines, drawing cartoons and learning just exactly how to do-it-themselves. This phenomenon could be felt all around the country – and in Minnesota, we were right in step. In Minnesota alone, the punk rock scene spawned The Replacements, Hüsker Dü, Soul Asylum and so much more. Bands were popping up every day, people were inspired to do something, create something, be involved in the scene, contribute to their new community.

PBS is currently rolling out a free web docu-series, Minnesota Hardcore, which looks at the Twin Cities hardcore scene from 1980-1985 (and pre-Soul Asylum band Loud Fast Rules), as well as smaller bands from the region like The Blu Hippos, Todlachen, Rifle Sport and Red Meat.

It features interviews with those who were there, including musicians, show promoters (like Lori Barbero, who went on to form Babes In Toyland), fanzine creators, frequent show-goers, a bartender at Goofy’s Upper Deck (which hosted punk shows), and more. There are currently seven episodes out, including an entire episode on Husker Du that features tons of old live footage and photos, and the final episode is coming on New Year’s Day. We haven’t watched the whole thing yet, but it looks awesome so far and the trailer gives you a pretty good idea of what to expect.

Check that out below and start watching Minnesota Hardcore at the Twin Cities PBS Originals

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