I've always loved the opening monolog from the early-'80s hardcore documentary, Another State Of Mind! Sean Sterns, singer for Youth Brigade and founding member of Better Youth Organization, speaks some truth.
Punks are misunderstood. Most people, when they think of punks, they think about violent freaks rolling around in glass beating each other up. (When) I think about punk I think about power, I think about the energy, I think about the the possibilities of change; thats what punk is all about change. It's about music by kids for kids reflecting the frustrations and the problems that kids face every day. The music most of us grew up with in the '70s was by older people singing about partying and cruising and things we just could relate to, thats not what we're feeling in our lives...
So...I FINALLY got around to watching my DVD copy of Another State Of Mind last night. I think the last time I watched this was, maybe, 1990, and on like a blurry fourth-generation VHS. It's funny how the movie still resonates, least with me. Then again I never did grow up.
Are there any contemporary collective groups like BYO?! Honestly, I haven't picked up a MRR in over ten years...just curious if the kids are still giving a shit.