We Got Power!: Hardcore Punk Scenes from 1980s Southern California
by Edward Colver Author, David Markey Author, Henry Rollins Author and Jordan Schwartz Author
In 1979, punk was over . . . but by 1981, hardcore was born. As teenagers in 1981, best friends David Markey and Jordan Schwartz founded We Got Power!, a fanzine dedicated to the first-generation hardcore punk music community in their native Los Angeles. Their work captured the early punk spirit of Black Flag, the Minutemen, Social Distortion, Suicidal Tendencies, and Hüsker Dü at the height of their powers. Meanwhile, their amazing photographs captured the dilapidated houses, abandoned storefronts, and disaffected youth culture of the early Reagan era. Never before seen except in the crude fanzine form, these detailed and richly narrative photos are now collected to present an intimate documentation of uniquely fertile creative moments.
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