We Got Power!: Hardcore Punk Scenes from 1980s Southern California [Hardcover]
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 Hsker D 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.
Signed by the authors Jordan Schwartz and Dave Markey
Reviews and Kind Words
Matt Groening, 1983
Celebrating the hardcore punk scene of 1980s Southern California a new book by zine gods David Markey and Jordan Schwartz
"Simply put, [this] is a history lesson for the novice and nerd alike, packed to the spine with pictures and essays that'll blow the mind and flare the nostrils."
Stunning and beautiful
"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."
"Fascinating reading and a fun time to relive a dangerous era in the safety of your own home."
The Aquarian Weekly
The essays are sometimes anecdotal, sometimes reflective, but never maudlin. And photographsnearly 400 of them, hard-boiled and loving simultaneouslycapture the decrepit L.A. landscape and its wasted youth
About the Authors
JORDAN SCHWARTZ met David Markey while skateboarding in a flooded Santa Monica parking garage in 1979. As they discovered the growing Los Angeles hardcore punk rock scene, Jordan teamed up with David, his sister, Jennifer, and Alan Gilbert to found We Got Power magazine. Jordan contributed in many roles, including that of staff photographer. Jordan had producing and acting roles in Desperate Teenage Lovedolls and the sequel, Lovedolls Superstar, notably appearing as the rock star Brews Springstein. Jordan facilitated the release of three Black Flag skateboards featuring original artwork by Raymond Pettibon. In 1984, Jordan began working and living at SST Records Global Network Agency booking gigs and tours for various high-profile bands on and off of the label during the pioneering years of the U.S. independent scene. In 1988, Jordan began a career working with computers connected to the Internet. He lives in Santa Monica with his wife and dog, still hangs out at Rip City on the weekends, and makes it to local gigs.