Bridge 9 Celebrates 'xXx Fanzine' with New Book Featuring Ian MacKaye, Henry Rollins, Keith Morris

Bridge 9 Celebrates 'xXx Fanzine' with New Book Featuring Ian MacKaye, Henry Rollins, Keith Morris
Boston's Bridge 9 Records has highlighted hardcore history in the past via reissues of records by Agnostic Front, Project X and Antidote, but the label will next be preserving some punky behind-the-scenes activity by pressing up a compendium of '80s zine xXx.

Titled xXx Fanzine 1983-1987, it's expected to be issued late this year. The collection is described as presenting a "vibrant cross-section of the '80s underground charted by future rock writer and record exec Mike Gitter," who went on to work with Roadrunner Records and Razor & Tie.

All 20 issues of xXx will be bound together, with over 60 vintage interviews Gitter conducted with greats like Minor Threat, the Misfits, the Cro-Mags, Motörhead, Descendents and Dag Nasty, as well as Boston acts SSD and DYS, contained within. The Q&A's were mostly captured in parking lots or backstage at Boston venues.

In addition to the old zine material, including original photos and advertisements, xXx Fanzine 1983-1987 also has new interviews with Minor Threat's Ian MacKaye, Black Flag's Henry Rollins, Articles of Faith's Vic Bondi, Negative Approach's John Brannon, Black Flag/Circle Jerks' Keith Morris, Agnostic Front's Roger Miret and more weighing in on xXx and the importance of zine culture in punk.

"Without fanzines, the story of American Hardcore would have been very different," vocalist Dave Smalley (Down By Law, Dag Nasty, DYS, All) said in a statement. "All of us contributed in different ways. Fanzines like xXx were crucial to not merely communication between scenes but also strengthening our inner resolve as we read about and were inspired by the scene that was happening all around us."