We Got Power!: Hardcore Punk Scenes from 1980s Southern California (Hardcover)

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In 1979, punk was over . . . but by 1981, hardcore was born. As teenagers in 1981, David Markey and his best friend Jordan Schwartz founded "We Got Power , " a fanzine dedicated to the first-generation hardcore punk music community in their native Los Angeles. Their text captured the early punk spirit of Black Flag, the Minutemen, Social Distortion, Suicidal Tendencies, and Husker Du 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 crude fanzine form, these detailed and richly narrative photos are now collected to present an intimate document a uniquely fertile creative moments.

About the Author

Award-winning LEGO builder Jordan Schwartz was one of the LEGO Group's youngest designers. While working for the LEGO Group as part of the Creator/Creator Expert team, Schwartz developed models for a number of official sets. His original models have been featured in several books, including Beautiful LEGO (No Starch Press) and A Million Little Bricks (Skyhorse).

Praise For…

Essential reading...the funniest of the local mags”Matt Groening, 1983

The book is a wonderful document of something that has continuity and lasts, the stuff that matters. It’s the finding of a voice of a generation.”Chuck Dukowski

"Vital to understanding the birth of American punk rock...an essential addition to the history of a movement"Los Angeles Times

"Celebrating the hardcore punk scene of 1980s Southern California... a new book by zine gods David Markey and Jordan Schwartz"LA Weekly

"One of the most thorough and lush compendiums of any punk movement"Dangerous Minds

"There are no rose-colored glasses, zero phoned-in memories, and no homogenized takes; gritty, raw, and real as real can get is the tone delivered on every page."Metal Army America

"This is a book of human stories, funny and sad and tragic It offers a reminder that what separates the heroes from the burnouts can be just a stroke of luck, or a twist of fate."The Wire

"Absolutely stunning"Creative Loafing

"Stunning and beautiful"AP

"South California's punk explosion recorded in style... the introductory allegorical essay by Henry Rollins himself is a fascinating insight, setting the tone for a scene dead set on its own destruction."Classic Rock

"A yearbook for SoCal dropouts who changed the world."Inked

"A seriously impressive collection of hardcore punk alumni"Terrorizer [5/5 stars]

"[We Got Power!] made an impact on the hardcore punk scene that is still being felt today... A document of bands and people who would go on to be legends in one way or another."Maximum Rocknroll

"A fearless mix of insight and irreverence...beautifully produced...you'll be inspired"RTE (Radio-TV Ireland) [5/5 stars]
"A history lesson for the novice and nerd alike, packed to the spine with pictures and essays that will blow the mind and flare the nostrils"AOL Noisecreep

"The pair’s gritty, deadpan photos captured the bands, DIY venues, and SoCal vagrants that would eventually define an entire subculture...stunning"The Fader

"Hundreds of gloriously candid photographs meticulously curated and fantastically edifying."Decibel

"The true, on-the-ground account... essential"Metal Hammer [UK]

"The stark, often beautiful imagery presents an intimate portrayal of West Coast punk in the late 70s and early 80s. With the accompanying personal reminiscences of turmoil and tenacity, which add depth and evocative context, it is a fantastic document of the scene’s emergence."PopMatters

"Phenomenal... Essential reading."Bakersfield Californian

"Reports from the frontlines of the huge and thriving Los Angeles scene...with first-hand accounts from some of its biggest luminaries"VH1

"We Got Power! gives a great impression of the scene’s liveliness, the fans’ intense devotion to the music, the audience’s intimacy with the performers and the excitement of being part of something new."Los Angeles Review of Books

"[An] entertaining trip back in time... funny and enthusiastic."Chicago Reader

"A super interesting take on the Southern California hardcore scene... Henry Rollins piece on the late Kim Pilkington is one of the best and most heartfelt things he's ever written."Byron Coley, Arthur Magazine
"An easy-to-digest scrapbook of candid photos and unbelievable tales from an indelibly interconnected group of friends reminiscing about the crazy, spastic, possibly drug-addled moments when hardcore peaked."The Long Beach Post

"An intimate portrayal of the early hardcore movement."Rebel Ink Magazine

"To flesh things out, the book integrates essays from scene participants like Henry Rollins, Keith Morris, Mike Watt, Joe Carducci (SST), Vandal's Steve Human, Tony Reflex of Adolescents, and other artists, filmmakers, players, scenesters, and members of Black Flag."Pitchfork

"Amazing! Get it if you have any interest in Californian punk and hardcore!"Daniel P. Carter, BBC Radio 1 Rock Show

"The essays are sometimes anecdotal, sometimes reflective, but never maudlin. And photographsnearly 400 of them, hard-boiled and loving simultaneouslycapture the decrepit L.A. landscape and its wasted youth"LA Record

"A nostalgic trip through the past for those who lived it, but an anthropological case study of a lesser-known subculture, and quite simply, a work of art"The Los Angeles Beat

Product Details
ISBN: 9781935950073
ISBN-10: 193595007X
Publisher: Bazillion Points LLC
Publication Date: October 30th, 2012
Pages: 288
Language: English