In 1979, punk was over...but by 1981, hardcore was born. 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 captured the early punk spirit of Black Flag, the Minutemen, Social Distortion, Suicidal Tendencies, and Hüsker Dü at the height of their powers. Meanwhile, their amazing photographs captured the dilapidated houses, abandoned storefronts, and disaffected youth culture of the early Reagan era. Never before seen, except in crude fanzine form, these detailed and richly narrative photos are now collected to present an intimate document a uniquely fertile creative moments. This volume includes complete color reprints of We Got Power! and essays by David Markey, Jordan Schwartz, Jennifer Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski, Dez Cadena, Louiche Mayorga, Schwartz, Henry Rollins, Cameron Jamie, Pat Fear, Steve Humann, Tony Adolescent, Jack Brewer, Jula Bell, Mike Watt, Sean Wheeler, Joe Carducci, Daniel “Shredder” Weizmann, and Janet Housden.
“Celebrating the hardcore punk scene of 1980s Southern California… a new book by zine gods David Markey and Jordan Schwartz.” - LA Weekly
“With no physical mecca for SoCal punks to revisit, the photos and the book on a whole serve as a yearbook for SoCal dropouts who changed the world.” - Inked Mag