This may be the perfect gift for your older brother or dad (or mom) who came up during a very crucial period in the U.S. music. Hell, it’s perfect for anyone looking to a history lesson. Touch and Go: The Complete Hardcore Punk Zine ’79-’83 is a massive bound collection of all 22 issues (576 pages!) of the legendary Midwest zine that not only launch a record label that brought us Big Black’s “Songs About Fucking,” but also fired up many other zines to come into existence. It’s a massive tome and a document into the history of the American punk and hardcore movements.
From an ephemera standpoint (Nick and I love this stuff), this is a strong document collecting flyer, photos, record sleeves and beyond from bands like Minor Threat, Black Flag, 7 Seconds, and whole host of others. (a modern online document expanding beyond the Touch & Go era can be found at The Hardcore Archeologist) .
Simply put, this Touch and Go collection is essential reading.