We Got Power: Hardcore Punk scenes from 1980s Southern California Book

May 1, 2012

Bazillion Points Books announces that Keith Morris of the CIRCLE JERKS, Louiche Mayorga of SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, Steve Human of THE VANDALS, and Tony Reflex of THE ADOLESCENTS have each contributed essays to the upcoming hardcover hardcore history bomb WE GOT POWER!: Hardcore Punk Scenes From 1980s Southern California, by David Markey and Jordan Schwartz. Presenting original essays, capturing nearly 400 photos from the dawn of hardcore punk in Southern California, and reprinting every issue of the influential We Got Power zine from 1981 through 1983, the WE GOT POWER! book measures 304 large format landscape pages and is slated for August 2012 release.

The addition of Keith Morris brings the total number to four key former BLACK FLAG members writing essays for WE GOT POWER!, including Henry Rollins, Chuck Dukowski, and Dez Cadena.

Louiche Mayorga's essay touches on his first encounters with punk rock via Santa Monica High classmates David Markey and Jordan Schwartz, and delves into his meeting Mike Muir, the formative period of SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, and writing classic songs like "Institutionalized."

Steve Human describes how THE VANDALS rode a "funny little cowboy song" over a wave of punk notoriety, smashing windows, burning bridges, and getting into lots of fights. "We were more known for property damage," he says, "and possibly we were hoping for some good laughs while we were at it."

In his lengthy brain map of early days of hardcore Punk, Tony Reflex of the legendary ADOLESCENTS recalls how tape trading, slam books, the GERMS, facial hair, and sneaking into Disneyland created the Southern California backdrop for the birth of the scene.
We Got Power Book
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 and cameras captured the early punk spirit of Black Flag, the Minutemen, Social Distortion, Red Cross/Redd Kross, Suicidal Tendencies, the Descendents, White Flag, the Last, the Gun Club, Saccharine Trust, Sin 34, Nip Drivers, Circle One, M.D.C., Big Boys, Youth Brigade, D.R.I., the Butthole Surfers, and many others at the height of their precocious Punk powers.

In the process, the duo's amazing photographs also captured the dilapidated suburbs, abandoned storefronts, and dereliction of the early Reagan era-a rubble-strewn social apocalypse that demanded a youth uprising! Never before seen except in crude fanzine form, these detailed and richly narrative photos are now collected to present an intimate portrayal of a uniquely fertile creative moment.

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