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TESCO VEE - Touch and Go: The Complete Hardcore Punk Zine '79-'83 BOOk

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Bazillion Points Books presents Touch and Go: The Complete Hardcore Punk Zine '79-'83, a collection of wild-eyed artifacts from the very dawn of hardcore punk, penned in poison ink by legendary frontman Tesco Vee of the Meatmen and his partner-in-crime Dave Stimson, and edited by former The Fix singer Steve Miller. The landmark collection of all twenty-two issues of Touch and Go magazine also includes extra archival material and new introductions by authors Tesco Vee and Dave Stimson; punk icons Henry Rollins (S.O.A./Black Flag), Keith Morris (Black Flag/Circle Jerks), Corey Rusk (Necros/Touch and Go Records), John Brannon (Negative Approach), Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat), and Steve Miller (The Fix); plus literary appreciation by Peter Davis (Your Flesh), Henry Owings (Chunklet), and Byron Coley (Forced Exposure).

Created during the key years of the American hardcore punk music underground, these acidic essays, impassioned record reviews, eyewitness gig reports, unrehearsed interviews, and incendiary artworks preserve the original thoughts and attitudes of DIY culture. Today, punk music is mainstream youth music - this is how it all happened, and this is who did it. The book's pages are plastered with early gig flyers, inspirational artwork, eyewitness action photos, and candid vintage interviews with now-legendary squads like the Fix, Necros, Minor Threat, Youth Brigade, Iron Cross, Misfits, Negative Approach, JFA, Battalion of Saints, Crucifucks, SSD, 7 Seconds, Faith, the Effigies, Bad Religion, the Minutemen, Scream, Die Kreuzen, Crucifix, Void, Poison Idea, and others - plus hundreds of reviews of historic DIY punk, new wave, ska, industrial, no wave, and hardcore records and live shows, all captured fresh during the underground big bang by the merciless Midwestern masters of mayhem and mimeograph journalism. 576 pages; full-size stiff 8.5" x 12" trade paperback.