WE GOT POWER! Hardcore Punk Scenes From 1980′s Southern California: by David Markey and Jordan Schwartz

September 30, 2012

WE GOT POWER! Hardcore Punk Scenes From 1980s Southern California: by David Markey and Jordan SchwartzThis book is a lot more than just another "Punk Scene" book, this is as real as it gets by two guys, Dave Markey and Jordan Schwartz, the proprietors of We Got Power fanzine based in Los Angeles who were at ground zero in the early 80's. Their job as reporters covering the scene for the fanzine they started put them in many key places to document the scene from an unique prospective that gets you the straight scoop.

The book is laced with very candid and sometimes self effacing essays by some of the Punk scenes most noted luminaries that include, Henry Rollins, Pat Fear, Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski, Mike Watt, Tony Adolescents, Louiche Mayorga, Steve Human and more to give you a special insight into the Punk scene from their point of view. Along with the stories is about 400 photos of the people, the places and the environment that were the backdrop for this growing movement.

What makes the book so important is that it will give you a lesson in Los Angeles Punk rock and know what it was like for the kids of this era. This book will take you there with no agenda, no bullshit and without a pretentiousness as found in many other books on the period whose authors waste most of their book talking about how cool they were and how important they think they were. Thankfully authors Dave Markey and Jordan Schwartz open up their archives of photos that successfully document these moments in time which were common place for Punks of that era, while readers outside of the scene would find beyond belief. For the younger generation in today's Punk scene, this is one of the more definitive books you can get your hands on to teach you about your history as you turn each page.

A real treasure to this book is that all six issues of the We Got Power fanzine are included toward the end of this book.

This hardcover beefy book weighs in at a whopping 4 lbs and is 300+ pages of pure Punk rock fun.

The book can be found at better independent record stores everywhere as well as online here: -Make sure you pick up a copy of this book today.


-Chuck T.-
Big Wheel Magazine


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