In the mid-1990s, Michael Anthony Adams, Jr. was lead vocalist for a political hardcore band called Broken Chains of Segregation. On November 30, 2019, that band and five other bands from the Richmond Hardcore Scene in the mid-90s got together to play a reunion show at Richmond Music Hall.
One & the Many began as an artistic collaboration between two friends, veteran musician Frank Stewart and poet Michael Anthony Adams, Jr. With Stewart writing music and Adams providing lyrics for Stewart to sing, the duo enlisted the skills of fellow musicians Dempsey Hamilton on drums and Bill Freeman on bass.
Ursprung Collective is an international spoken word/music project exploring the poetry of Michael Anthony Adams, Jr.
CONTENT WARNING: drug use, violence, sexual content, suicidal ideation, derogatory language
A short ep of solo piano music I recorded a few years ago that I wrote many years before.
Music by Vitaliy Ryabkin. Words by Michael Anthony Adams, Jr. (writing as Israfel Sivad).
Formed on the Southside of Richmond, VA in the spring of 1993, Broken Chains of Segregation helped reinvent the Richmond hardcore scene of the mid-1990s. Inspired by the New York hardcore bands of the late 80s as well as early 90s post-hardcore acts like Quicksand and Fugazi, B.C.S. took their name from Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and with the help of their energetic live shows and deep-rooted belief in youth freedom, they built a loyal following during their short stint together. Fueled by punk’s DIY ethos, they used all the proceeds from their shows to record 2 EPs, but they released only one of those in the spring of 1994. B.C.S. broke up the following year as the founding members went their separate ways.