Hardcore, hard-core i hardkor

  1. Adam Grudzień



Internet users mainly consider ‘hardcore’ in connection with something extreme (eg. sports), which ensures maximum intensity of dangerous experience or resistance to change. ‘Hardcore’ is also name of the style in music, which in the 1980s was initiated by the second wave of punk bands. At the same time it applies to the genre of electronic music.
Inhomogeneous concept of hardcore is associated with its earlier use than those that we now know. The word ‘hardcore’ was also used as the name of a base for road construction (eg. small stones, pieces of brick and grits), and/or to describe difficult/extreme physical exercise. However, before the term ended up in the language of culture, it was an economic term, meaning people who were not only unemployed, but those unemployed who have been out of work for a year or longer. The word appears in the Oxford English Dictionary (1936) in a phrase ‘hard-core unemployment’ (hard core of unemployed) which can be traced to the difficult situation of people. In general, the first time it appears in 1930 in the texts by Irish parliamentarians. Then, after 1950, it is more often used to determine former prisoners, terrorists (pro-segregation), people addicted to hard drugs, and even ... Republicans.
Associations with ‘hard’ pornography or hardcore bands of music meant that deadline was not included in the art and did not function as an aesthetic category. At the same time hardcore, in all its manifestations, the term exists because of its diverse literary layer, as ‘cute’ word, and many references that make it difficult to ignore.

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