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Since '06, the annual This Is Hardcore Fest has embodied the true DIY spirit of hardcore. We want to produce a photobook of our journey
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This Is Hardcore is an annual event held in Philadelphia to celebrate the rich culture that has evolved through hardcore.

This fest is purely DIY from the ground up; booking, logistics, security, sound, photo/video documentation are handled directly by people in our scene. Even so, This Is Hardcore has grown significantly over the course of the last six years across a myriad of dimensions. 

Divisiveness often plagues our community. For us, we see the fest as a way to connect people to music and, more importantly, with each other. This is critical to keeping the culture of hardcore alive and sustainable.

We have amassed thousands of photos from each of the previous six fests by renowned photographers like Robby Redcheeks and Todd Pollock--whose body of works have successfully captured the essence and spirit of not just This Is Hardcore, but hardcore in general.

Posterity and a sense of history and institutional memory are critical in any setting and we feel it would be prudent to share these moments with our community by way of a photobook.

2012 will usher in a significant change in the fest. This year we have decided to move to another home we feel is both welcoming and ideal--one that also respects the atmosphere the fest has cultivated over the last six years.  We feel now is the moment to reflect on our time and growth at the Starlight Ballroom. Under the creative direction of Smyrski Creative/Megawords design studio in Philadelphia, this Photobook project will be a unique way to reflect on that transformation and collective energy. 

We're very excited to put this Photobook in your hands before, or shortly after, we announce the lineup for this year's fest. We have many great things in store, so please support us!

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    Uncle Owen: You will receive a thank-you on the This Is Hardcore website, Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter page. You want the best for this young Photobook and will do all in your power to see that it is nourished and properly guided through maturity.

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    Youngling: Your name will be printed in the Thank-You section of the Photobook, along with the internet shout-outs. Avenge your slain aunt and uncle with your name forever etched into this book.

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    Jawa: Scream OOTEENEE because you have no other words in your lexicon. Why? You'll be receiving a copy of the Photobook with your name printed in the Thank-You section!

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    Astromech Droid: Like R2, you are equipped with a hologram projector. Why is this useful? In addition to a copy of the book with your name thanked inside, you'll be receiving a copy of "the hate5six diaries: volume one" DVD featuring 4 hours of live footage from 18 incredible hardcore bands. You'll be able to relay the mosh inducing audio visuals to your Jedi cohorts whenever they need it. Portions of this pledge will benefit onehundredforhaiti.org.

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    Padawan: You will receive a copy of the Photobook along with your name printed in the credits. You will also receive a special This Is Hardcore shirt (specify your size) that you can proudly flaunt to the Younglings as a sign of your journey through the Jedi ranks.

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    Clone Trooper: You are among the many clones who are unwaveringly obedient to the TIH Republic. You will receive the Photobook with your name printed in the credits, the special This Is Hardcore shirt (specify your size), in addition to a Photobook poster featuring artwork/photos from the book that you can proudly hang in your dining room and admire after a long day of battling Separatists.

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    Droid: You have a bit more personality than a Clone Trooper--a certain charisma embedded within your silicon DNA. On top of everything a Clone Trooper receives, you will also get a limited screen print exclusive to this fundraiser.

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    Ewok: You are adorable. You'll get everything a Droid receives in addition to TWO prints of your favorite band's set from previous This Is Hardcore fests. Specify the band(s) when ordering. People will want to cuddle you upon seeing these rare prints.

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    Wampa: This brutal winter has left you vicious and out for blood. You'd rather be munching on Ewoks on Endor, but what can you do? Frankly, you're too large and lack the dexterity to maneuver a spacecraft to Endor. You'll settle for everything an Ewok receives in addition to a very limited throwback screen print poster from a previous TIH fest and old laminates distributed to bands and staff. What better way to survive the bleak Hoth terrain than memories of a better, warmer time and of yet another to come?

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    Mandalorian: You are a bounty hunter with only one mission in mind: to get your ass into This Is Hardcore 2012. You don't even need to know the lineup to know you'll want to be there. Your jet pack will propel you ahead of the rest and you will receive a 4-DAY PASS TO TIH 2012. And you'll have a copy of the Photobook with your name thanked inside to peruse as you wait for the humans to catch up to you. But, beware, Lando Calrissian may lurk in the shadows and we will not be furnishing you with weapons.

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    Jango Fett: Although you are a Mandalorian, you did not act quickly enough the first time around! Mace Windu decapitated you in one fell swoop. Back by popular demand are another TEN Mandalorian rewards: one 4-DAY PASS and a copy of the Photobook with your named thanked inside! Don't hesitate.

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    Wookie: Has Joe ever kicked or manhandled you on stage at a show? Did you feel silenced? You are much like a Wookie: you lack the vocal structure to voice your frustrations. As a Wookie, you will receive a 4-DAY PASS TO TIH 2012, a copy of the Photobook with your name in it, AND you will have the opportunity to PIE Joe Hardcore in the face ON STAGE at This Is Hardcore. Scream unintelligible sounds of victory, you big hairy oaf!

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    Jedi: You're making your way through the ranks. You'll receive a 4-DAY PASS TO TIH 2012, in addition to all the previous rewards (minus the public pie humiliation). However, as a Jedi, you will be endowed with enough Midichlorians to render you immune to Joe Hardcore's violent stage-throwing antics. You will be able to FREELY stage-dive at TIH 2012 without worrying about Joe forcibly ejecting you. You have the Force (a special laminate given to you at the fest). Use it wisely.

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    Jedi Adept: The Council feels as though you aren't ready to be a Knight. Prove them wrong. You will receieve 2 4-DAY PASSES TO TIH 2012, 2 copies of the Photobook with your name inside, as well as 2 TIH shirts (specify size).

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    Jedi Knight: You've completed your coursework at the Jedi Academy. Now it's time to find peace and maintain order within the Republic. You can do so with your 4-DAY VIP/ALL ACCESS PASS TO TIH 2012, in addition to a copy of the Photobook with your name, shirt (specify size). With this All Access pass you'll be able to mingle with the Council members back stage at the fest and revel in your shared superiority over all the Padawans.

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    Jedi Master: You have excelled through the ranks of the Jedi Order. Tired from standing all day? Not into the next 10 bands before the headliner? Flaunt your success and power with your own PRIVATE Cabana booth at This Is Hardcore 2012. You'll receive a 4-DAY PASS and a copy of the Photobook with your name thanked inside. By popular demand, you'll be allowed to pie Joe in the face on stage.

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    Jedi Grand Master: You have attained greatness. You are among an extremely small cabal of high ranking Jedi council members. You will receive a LIFETIME PASS to EVERY THIS IS HARDCORE FEST and EVERY hardcore show put on by Joe Hardcore. Oh, and you'll get the book with your name inside.

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    Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious: You've ascended the ranks as THE politician in the Republic. Your loyal support of the Photobook Kickstarter has proven to be critical to the project. Lurking underneath your publicly philanthropic contribution sits a dark, sinister ulterior motive. Unbeknownst to all, you are surreptitiously ushering in an iron fisted authoritative regime. Your double life will result in THIS IS HARDCORE 2012 being renamed after you. That's right, this year's fest will be called "<your name>'s Fest"****. And we'll probably give you a book with your name thanked inside, too.

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