D.C. punk band Minor Threat joined Bad Brains and Henry Rollins’ Black Flag in the invention of American hardcore. In just four years’ time, the band created both the aesthetic and the sound that would serve as a blueprint for thousands of bands to come, and inadvertently launched a social movement with the song “Straight Edge.” After its demise, guitarist and vocalist Ian MacKaye served a stint in emotional hardcore band Embrace (which, alongside Rites of Spring, gave birth to all things emo) before launching Fugazi, whose DIY ethics and mashup of punk with complex rhythms, dissonant sounds and textures would inspire a generation of bands. —Jeff Royer
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