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TOUCH AND GO: The Complete Hardcore Punk Zine ’79–’83, by Tesco Vee and Dave Stimson, Edited by Steve Miller

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“As a hardcore punk primer you couldn't do better.”—Time Out Chicago

Product Description

“I was inspired by how fearless and together Touch and Go were. They were really wild and extremely funny.”—Henry Rollins

The complete series 1979–1983. Twenty-two issues in one loud, fast volume. Ships today!

ISBN 978-0979616389
Trade edition with deluxe durable flex binding
576 stiff full-sized pages
Introductory essays by Tesco Vee, Dave Stimson, Steve Miller, Henry Rollins, Keith Morris, Peter Davis, Henry Owings, Byron Coley, Corey Rusk, John Brannon, and Ian MacKaye
Dimensions: 8.5″ x 11.5″ (220mm x 280mm); 3.5 lbs. (1.6 kg)

Touch and Go fanzine was the brainchild of Tesco Vee and Dave Stimson and was launched in Lansing, Michigan, in 1979. Major fanatics of the new punk happenings in the late ’70s, TV and DS set out to chronicle, lambaste, ridicule, and heap praise on all they arbitrarily loved or hated in the music communities in the US and abroad.

In laughably minuscule press runs by today’s standards, T & G was made by guys within the Midwest scene strictly for the edification of scenesters and pals in other cities like DC, Philly, Boston, LA, SF, Chicago, et al. Inspired by magazines such as Slash and Search and Destroy and writers like Claude Bessy and Chris Desjardines, TV and DS pumped out seventeen naughty, irreverent issues together, and TV did another five solo.

Magazines like Forced Exposure and Your Flesh, among others, soon fired up Xerox machines themselves, and the rest is history. So is the legendary independent record label launched from this zine, and so are the bands covered inside: Black Flag, Minor Threat, the Misfits, Negative Approach, the Fix, the Avengers, the Necros, Discharge, Iron Cross, Youth Brigade, Faith, Die Kreuzen, Crucifix, Poison Idea—and all the other punks worth their weight in glorious black and white.

Moisten your earholes with fresh words wet from the mouths of author Tesco Vee and editor Steve Miller:

Additional Information

Weight 4 lbs

“I was inspired by how fearless and together Touch and Go were. They were really wild and extremely funny.”—Henry Rollins

“It was really one of the first times anyone outside of Washington really paid us any mind. The fact that Touch and Go took an interest in us really blew us away.”—Ian MacKaye, Minor Threat

Creem may have taught me how to piss, but Touch and Go taught me how to shit. I owe my career to that magazine.”—John Brannon, Negative Approach

“Easily one of the best hardcore reads you’ll ever sink your fangs into…enthralling.”—Montreal Mirror

“As a hardcore punk primer you couldn’t do better.”—Time Out Chicago

“Anyone who’s ever published a true DIY fanzine owes at least a small debt to Touch and Go.”—Decibel

“Slapdash, ornery, and entertaining”—Popmatters

“If you have any interest at all in hardcore punk or being rude, you need this.”—Austin American-Statesman, Summer Reading Picks

“Influential”—Village Voice, Voice Picks

“Essential”—Washington Post Express

“Crucial…a grand, often hilarious tour”—PopMatters

“Lots of energy gets captured in this handsome, perfectbound volume, down to the original, frenetic cut-and-paste layouts.”—Detroit Metro-Times

Touch and Go was an essential primer for budding punk kids looking for the next great hardcore band and punk rock wouldn’t be the same it is/was without it.”—Portland Mercury

“One massive volume for all your punk-rock nostalgia and/or historical research needs”—The Onion AV Club

“See the history of hardcore punk unfold before your eyes in vivid black and white.”—PopMatters

Funny, rude, and heartfelt”—Spin, 8 Great Music Books for the Holidays

“It’s an essential document for understanding how ideas about music traveled in the not-so-distant past.”—Pitchfork, Gift Guide 2010


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    Yes, the new printing of TOUCH AND GO will be here in Spring 2013. Thank you!

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    So is this going to restock anytime soon?

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    This looks… yummy!

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    Tesco, Dave, & Steve, thanks for the posterity and upholding the ethic getting this done yourself and keeping the absolute essence of what you originally did intact. I have come across the lot of anthology books which end up being a taint(ed) version of the original material. Down to the paper stock this thing sticks to the wall like the piece of shit it originally was (joke). Touch & Go (zine & label), along with Dischord, have remained major inspirations and business models I have held close and gained so much intangible insight from. Every bit of it means alot. Thanks for putting your pens and fuckin straight up resourceful enthusiasm to the stone. This is the holy book. (root word: FUCKIN FAN!) take it easy, Robps a friend recently sent me a pile of 999 in the mail. i dunno why but they flew under my radar for a long time.

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    Bought! Can’t wait to read this baby. So damn excited. Thanks!

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    Check out my review of the book! Click on reviews, then zines. It should either be right there, or navigate with the letter tabs. Review also ran in the printed version of Razorcake.

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    Ordered mine on Thursday. CAN’T WAIT.

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    Wow. got my pre-order in the mail today and this thing is amazing! fantastic job on this, It’s fucking awesome!

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    My book showed up today and holy crap it’s impressive. Awesome job !

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