By Mike Gitter.
Eighties isn’t merely a collection of articles, reviews and photographs from one of Hardcore
America’s best-known fanzines. It’s a chronicle of punk’s evolution in the 80’s: 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 The Channel, A7 or
While based in Boston, xXx’s main writer and editor, Mike Gitter, not only concentrated on his
own city’s burgeoning scene, spearheaded by bands like SS Decontrol and D.Y.S., but looked
to other states and countries for xXx’s reportage. This 288 page book documents a time when
hardcore and punk were not mutually exclusive and bands and cities had a chance to develop
their own diverse and strident sounds.
Now, 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.
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, D.Y.S., Scream, Metallica, Corrosion of Conformity, Minutemen, The Exploited, Anthrax, Subhumans, Dead Kennedys, SSD, Henry Rollins, Descendents, Bad Brains, Youth of Today, Motörhead, Dag Nasty, Slapshot, Samhain, Agnostic Front, Cro-Mags, Bad Religion, Fugazi & more!