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xXx FANZINE (1983–1988): Hardcore & Punk in the Eighties, by Mike Gitter

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“Groundbreaking”—Milo Aukerman, the Descendents

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“Gitter was our ambassador to Boston when we first played there in 1985. His fanzine was groundbreaking for its championing of punk rock, both in Boston and elsewhere, during a time when it was still quite underground. The Descendents are honored to be documented in Mike’s new xXx book.”—Milo Aukerman, the Descendents

xXx FANZINE (1983–1988): Hardcore & Punk in the Eighties, by Mike Gitter; Edited by Chris Wrenn
• ISBN 978-0976596660
• Hardcover, 288 pages
• Dimensions: 11.2″ x 11.2″ x 1″ (28.5 cm x 28.5 cm x 2.5 cm); 3 lbs. (1.25 kg)

xXx Fanzine is not merely a collection of articles, reviews, and photographs from one of U.S. hardcore’s best-known fanzines. The book is a chronicle of punk’s evolution in the 1980s; a story of music and ideologies in motion. xXx‘s story picks up while the first wave of hardcore was in full swing. Major players including Minor Threat had already released landmark records, and bands were loading up station wagons to play now infamous venues like Boston’s the Channel, New York City’s A7, or D.C. Space. In addition to reproducing and restoring countless interviews and pages from the zine itself, xXx Fanzine re-interviews countless bands and musical prime movers, including Ian MacKaye, Keith Morris, and members of Agnostic Front, Bad Brains, and Cro Mags to give the book a rare then-and-now perspective.

xXx Fanzine (1983-1988), Hardcore & Punk in the Eighties isn’t merely a look back at hardcore’s salad days, but a unique look at how punk’s music and message shook the mainstream itself. The book features unique and original coverage of an astounding array of 1980s underground titans: Minor Threat, Misfits, Necros, Circle Jerks, Suicidal Tendencies, Hüsker Dü, Jerry’s Kids, Black Flag, D.O.A., G.B.H, Void, Negative Approach, 7 Seconds, DYS, Scream, Metallica, Corrosion of Conformity, Minutemen, the Exploited, Anthrax, Subhumans, Dead Kennedys, SS Decontrol, Henry Rollins, Descendents, Bad Brains, Youth of Today, Motörhead, Dag Nasty, Snapshot, Samhain, Agnostic Front, Cro-Mags, Bad Religion, Fugazi, and more.

“Fanzines were our Internet, and, among them a few were indispensable: Flipside, Thrasher, and Boston’s, Forced Exposure and xXx. Hardcore was about an energy, a spirit of independence. xXx loved that and captured it. Mike Gitter did most of this zine by himself; the interviews, the shots, the layout, the distro…everything. Talk about DIY.”—Dave Smalley, DYS, Dag Nasty, All, Down by Law

By 1985, Hardcore America had branched beyond its three-chord, primitive origins. As documented in xXx Fanzine (1983-88): Hardcore and Punk in the Eighties, sheer speed was being supplanted by actual songs via the likes of Hüsker Dü, Scream and a re-activated Descendents (with Milo back from college). In Dischord D.C., “Revolution Summer” was warming up with Rites of Spring exploring punk’s poetic possibilities (birthing “emo” in the process), while bands like Raleigh’s Corrosion of Conformity and Southern Californian metallers Hirax were freely cross-pollinating punk with metallic sophistication. Skinheads and longhairs no longer stared each other down from opposite sides of the room. Add to that SST Records, Homestead Records, and Touch & Go Records laying the foundation for the indie rock explosion, the shockwaves of which are still being felt today. The youth weren’t just getting restless. They were adding something cooler to the chaos.”—Mike Gitter

 

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