Here’s the official word:
As a little kid, I asked more questions than a game show host. There was no studio audience and I had no prizes to award, but my curiosity led to constant inquiry about the world at large. It must have been exhausting—and annoying—but my sweet mom patiently indulged each interrogation.
Looking back, it makes perfect sense that I eventually found and fell in love with hardcore. With its more than music ethos, I discovered a scene that asked as many questions as I did. And in it, I started to find answers.
I also found inspiration. Ian taught me it’s okay to be out of step with this fucked up world. Ray and Porcell helped me realize it’s always possible to make a change. And H.R. encouraged me to get that PMA.
Today, as an adult, hardcore speaks to me as clearly as ever. Ceremony doesn’t let me forget the value of raw, unbridled anger. Paint it Black reminds me that rage without reason is pointless. And Betrayed energize me to find positivity in the face of adversity. The list goes on and on, and I am a better person for all of it.
Rumpshaker is a celebration of this culture that means so much to so many. And, small a token as it is, this is my thank you to hardcore.
The zine includes:
Interview with Chris Wrenn of Bridge Nine Records
Interviews with Anthony Anzaldo and Ross Farrar of Ceremony
Interview with Tim Barry
A Doctor and a Cro-Mag on Veganism
Interviews with Dr. Michael Greger and John Joseph
Interview with Paul Henry, Andrew Martini, Scott Moore and Martin Sorrondeguy of Limp Wrist
Interviews with Mike Judge
Doing It For The Kids Interviews
Walter Schreifels and his mother Deborah Schreifels
Chuck D and his mother Judy Ridenhour
Dan Yemin and his mother Susan Yemin
Interviews with Damian Abraham of Fucked Up
Interview with Meghan O’Neil of Punch
Interview with Mark Beemer of Shirts For A Cure
Interview with Lou Koller, Pete Koller, Armand Majidi and Craig Setari of Sick of it All
Four Letter Life