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We Got Power fanzine collected in book with 400 photos of the 1980s LA hardcore punk scene

"This is Jordan Schwartz in front of an abandoned real estate office in our neighbourhood that we took over and called the Punk Shack. We still lived with our parents at the time, so it was just a hangout spot where we would listen to tapes we made of Rodney Bingenheimer’s Rodney on the ROQ show and add to the graffiti on the wall."

A book documenting the hardcore punk scene of the 1980s is being published by David Markey and Jordan Schwartz via Bazillion Points. The book collects 400 photos of the LA hardcore punk scene and contains reprints of their We Got Power fanzine, which ran from 1981–1983. The book, named after the fanzine, includes essays by the authors plus Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski, Dez Cadena, Henry Rollins, Louiche Mayorga, Mike Watt and others.     

The We Got Power fanzine was started by David Markey and Jordan Schwartz, along with Jennifer Marker and Alan Gilbert. It covered Black Flag, Minutemen, Social Distortion, Suicidal Tendencies, and The Descendents, among many others. Markey went on to make films under the name We Got Power, and toured with Black Flag as part of Painted Willie in 1986. Schwartz was involved with the manufacture of three Black Flag skateboards, and in 1984 became a tour booker for SST Records's Global Network Agency. 

More details on the book here. Listen to a compilation above. 

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