Dope, Hookers and Pavement: The Real and Imagined History of Detroit Hardcore

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Director: Otto Buj Run Time: 113 min.

Dope, Hookers and Pavement is a lively and unfiltered account of the early days of the Detroit hardcore punk scene, circa 1981-82, in the notorious Cass Corridor, arguably one of the worst neighborhoods in the city at the time. It took a small, seriously committed throng of white, suburban teens and skater kids to get down there and make that scene happen — but not without first doing a few one-off gigs in Detroit’s gay bars and a critical stint at the Coronation Tavern in Windsor, Ontario before converging on the Corridor for their now-mythical residency at the ramshackle Freezer Theatre.

Featuring over 70 in-depth interviews — including John Brannon (Negative Approach), Tesco Vee (Meatmen, Touch and Go), Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat, Dischord Records), pro skater Bill Danforth, scene kids, and members of the Necros, The Fix, Violent Apathy and Bored Youth — and never-before-seen Super8 footage of the Freezer, Dope, Hookers and Pavement is both hilarious and reflective, and an overdue record of a nearly invisible but magic little moment in the long history of Detroit rock’n’roll.

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