We Got Power!: Hardcore Punk Scenes from 1980s Southern California - exclusive photo gallery excerpt

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  1. connie1946 says:

    Spectacular photographs. I was living in North Dakota at the time these photos were taken. It’s fascinating how so many of these former rebellious punk teens have incorporated themselves into so-called “straight” society – last year I saw Henry Rolins playing the role of a dad on the now-cancelled (and unfunny)Paul Reiser sit-com. Funny how the self-proclaimed “voice of a generation” can wind up being as much of a sell out as anyone else. Anybody know what Jello Biafra’s doing these days?

    • BarBarSeven says:

      Funny how the self-proclaimed “voice of a generation” can wind up being as much of a sell out as anyone else.

      What exactly does “selling out” mean? Henry Rollins is quite past his prime. Everyone who was in Black Flag is truly past their prime. At their prime, they did not sell out at all. They kept it as real as possible.  So now decades later he takes a gig on a TV show to make money.  Did he dump on his past by taking the role? Nope. Did anyone care? Nope. He did what most people do: He made money by acting. Whop-dee-doo.  Who cares.

      Selling out means compromising yourself. Taking a job & getting paid is not compromising yourself.

      • Antinous / Moderator says:

        They kept it as real as possible.

        Sometimes I wonder what people expect from their idols.  Did Judy Garland and Elvis ‘keep it real’ by dying young from too many drugs?

      • SomeGuyNamedMark says:

        Plus wanting money for things like being able to see a doctor, have a decent place to live, see the world, buy good food and nice clothes aren’t exactly “selling out”.

        • BarBarSeven says:

          Some folks tend to not understand the difference between being a predatory capitalist & simply asking to get paid. Lots of ill educated masochists out there.

    • WillieNelsonMandela says:

      Henry is at least 50 years old. He might still be the voice of a generation, but that generation is no longer caught up in teen angst. They’re now working and planning for retirement.

      • jeligula says:

        Rollins was, and is, a blowhard bully who liked to make kids cry.  Voice of a generation?  Only if that generation is false, shallow and irritating.  What a minute….

    • jeligula says:

       Besides holding money away from his bandmates and then suing them?  Who knows or cares?  Biafra is the biggest sellout of all.

  2. TwilightNewsSite says:

    I wasn’t at any of those shows, but my brother was at the Go-Go’s show.  Jello told me once that he’d kill for an early/bootlegged Go-Go’s tape.  Wonder if he ever got one. 

  3. Cowicide says:

    I heart Jello!

  4. Will Bueche says:

    So, no actual punks, just one girl with eyeliner. Television lies about history!

  5. Josh Berk says:

    Pretty cool. FYI the Amazon link to the book in the first paragraph doesn’t seem to work…

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