Published May 12, 2010Punk rock pundits, it's time to put your money where your mouth is. You've got just over a month to do it, too.
As some of you might recall, a while back we shared the news that all 22 issues of formative late '70s/early '80s punk zine Touch and Go (which inevitably spawned the much-loved record label) were to be compiled and released as one ultimate tome. Now, we know the collection, titled Touch and Go: The Complete Hardcore Punk Zine '79-'83, will officially hit shelves on June 30.
The 576-page book, which collects all 22 issues of Tesco Vee and Dave Stimson's zine, is being released by Bazillion Points Press, who has also roped in a pile of guest writers to pen some introductory essays for the book. Along with introductions from Vee and Stimson, the book includes some additional guest essays by Henry Rollins, Steve Miller (the Fix), Keith Morris (Black Flag/Circle Jerks), Corey Rusk (Necros/Touch and Go Records), John Brannon (Negative Approach) and Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat/Fugazi), as well as some "literary appreciation" from Peter Davis (Your Flesh), Henry Owings (Chunklet) and Byron Coley (Forced Exposure). On top of this, the book includes extra archival material not original included in the zine.
To cut and paste a bit from the press release [courtesy of The Stranger]:
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.
The experts agree - Touch and Go is the only mag that matters, okay?
Bazillion Points has already begun taking pre-orders, and you can get yourself a copy here. But you might want to get on that soon. In addition to a "hardcore fun pack," which includes a "metal badge, sinister new wave black balloon, and more," the first 100 orders will get the Meatmen's We're the Meatmen... And You Still Suck!!! live CD signed by Tesco Vee.