Early SST Records pioneers and Southern California hardcore punk legends Saccharine Trust will perform their entire 1981 Paganicons LP on Sept. 8 at Track 16 gallery in Santa Monica as part of a photo opening / book release show for We Got Power!: Hardcore Punk Scenes from 1980s Southern California, by David Markey and Jordan Schwartz. Also appearing are the Adolescents, White Flag, Dead Issue, and hardcore forerunners the Last.
In his published journals, Kurt Cobain of Nirvana listed Paganicons as one of his 50 favorite albums, and Cobain's boyhood friend Buzz Osborne of the Melvins has called the record a huge influence. Sonic Youth and Superchuck have covered songs from Paganicons. Jack Brewer of Saccharine Trust also joins Henry Rollins, Keith Morris, Pat Fear, Joe Carducci, Cameron Jamie, Mike Watt, and others in writing essays for the We Got Power! book.
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For more info on the book We Got Power!: Hardcore Punk Scenes from 1980s Southern California, visit Bazillion Points Books:
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WE GOT POWER!: Hardcore Punk Scenes From 1980s Southern California, by David Markey and Jordan Schwartz includes original essays [by David Markey, Jordan Schwartz, Jennifer Schwartz, Henry Rollins, Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski, Dez Cadena, Louiche Mayorga, Cameron Jamie, Pat Fear, Steve Humann, Tony Adolescent, Jack Brewer, Jula Bell, Mike Watt, Sean Wheeler, Joe Carducci, Daniel "Shredder" Weizmann, and Janet Housden]; captures nearly 400 photos [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] from the dawn of hardcore punk in Southern California; and reprints 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 October 2012 release.
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. 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.
"Essential reading... the funniest of the local mags"-Matt Groening, 1983
WE GOT POWER! will be available worldwide wherever books are sold, and is available for preorder now in a bonus package from Bazillion Points Books, "The first and last words in heavy reading."
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