Hardcore lifers take note: Two upcoming books will take a look at the old-school hardcore scene, as filtered through Midwestern eyes.
Bazillion Points, the publishing house run by metal guru Ian Christe, is close to releasing Touch & Go: The Complete Hardcore Punk Zine 1979-1983.
The magazine was born in Michigan and later moved to Chicago, where it morphed into the legendary indie/punk label of the same name. All 22 issues are crammed into one 500-plus page book, with new intro essays by founders Dave Stimson and Tesco Vee (also of Meatmen fame), plus Henry Rollins, Keith Morris, John Brannon and Ian MacKaye.
The book doesn’t have a release date yet, but it’s at the printers.
And later this year, legendary California straight-edge label Revelation records is publishing Why Be Something That You’re Not: Detroit Hardcore 1979-1985 by scene fixture Tony Rettman, with an intro by Vee.
An early blurb promises, “Through a combination of oral history and extensive imagery, the book proves that even though the Southern California beach towns might have created the look and style of hardcore punk, it was the Detroit scene that cultivated the music's grassroots aesthetic before cultural hot spots such as New York or London even knew what the music was about.”
Veterans from the Cleveland and Akron scenes will be able to relate to pictures of sparsely attended shows in rundown, makeshift venues. And you’ll see some familiar faces. —D.X. Ferris