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Black Flag members contribute essays to “We Got Power: Hardcore Punk Scenes From 1980s Southern California”

Posted by Johnny X on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 11:50 AM (PST)

Black Flag veterans Henry Rollins, Chuck Dukowski, Keith Morris, and Dez Cadena have each contributed essays to the massive upcoming hardcover hardcore history book “WE GOT POWER!: Hardcore Punk Scenes From 1980s Southern California,” by David Markey and Jordan Schwartz. The book will contain original essays, nearly 400 photos from the dawn of hardcore punk in Southern California, and every issue of the influential “We Got Power” zine from 1981 through 1983.  It measures 304 large format landscape pages and is slated for August 2012 release.

For more information visit the book’s official website.

In his piece, Henry Rollins broods: “I arrived in Los Angeles in the summer of 1981 as Black Flag’s new vocalist. I had been to the city before, but had never spent any significant amount of time there. It has, over the last thirty years, become somewhat of a home to me. It is not a place I miss. It is not a place I think about with any degree of fondness, but it is a place where I have seen and learned much…”

Chuck Dukowski recalls the book’s authors at work: “The Black Flag bus rolled out to the San Fernando Valley to hear Minor Threat play. Jordan Schwartz was there, looking like a reporter straight out of some ’30s movie, wearing a trench coat and a fedora with press pass in the hatband, holding a camera with an old-style flash reflector. It was a pivotal conceptual moment…”

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.

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