In the late s and early s a group of bands and kids began something that grew into a movement. It would become a movement that would outlive many of their involvement in the music and the scene. The basic beliefs that drugs and alcohol were not needed and should be rejected. That one should live against the grain of popular society and live by rules and standards from themselves and not the ones dictated by society.
Straight edge sometimes abbreviated sXe or signified by XXX or X is a subculture of hardcore punk whose adherents refrain from using alcohol , tobacco and other recreational drugs , in reaction to the excesses of punk subculture. Straight edge emerged amid the earlys hardcore punk scene. Since then, a wide variety of beliefs and ideas have been associated with the movement, including vegetarianism and animal rights. Disagreements often arise as to the primary reasons for living straight edge. Although Straight Edge politics vary, from explicitly revolutionary to conservative, the latter has mostly dominated. Left-leaning activists have often approached Straight Edge with skepticism, ridicule or even outright hostility in part due to what they perceived as the Straight Edge movement's self-righteous militancy. In , William Tsitsos wrote that straight edge had gone through three eras since its founding in the early s.
When I say straight edge, it means so much more than just being drug-free. From the ashes of Violent Reaction rise the stomping crew Rated X! Protein is a crucial band from the city of Krakow featuring members of Vicious X Reality and Radiance.
Read the story of straight edge hardcore, a curious clean-living subculture that emerged in reaction to the excesses of punk. Yet from punk came hardcore, an aggressive, fast, stripped-down style inspired by pioneers such as Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Fear, and Bad Brains. And hardcore would quickly spawn a counterculture within the punk counterculture: kids who believed true punk revolution lay in not using drugs, in not drinking oneself to death.