Touch and Go: The Complete Hardcore Punk Zine '79-'83

Touch and Go: The Complete Hardcore Punk Zine '79-'83 Review

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.

Title:Touch and Go: The Complete Hardcore Punk Zine '79-'83
Edition Language:English

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    Touch and Go: The Complete Hardcore Punk Zine '79-'83 Reviews

  • Tony

    Good to have a complete anthology of the zine. I had a few issues growing up, and it certainly covers a crucial period for me in punk music, as it was when I was a kid just getting into it. Perhaps no...

  • Laura

    This is such an amazing slice of music writing and punk history. A slice of penis-and-gay-joke-filled-punk-rock-taste-making-muckraking-mayhem-filled history. The internet ruins everything....

  • Tom Schulte

    From my interview with Tesco Vee about this impressive and important anthology:"...this book transcends Tescoe Vee, The Meatmen and everything that I have ever done it's because it covers such a broad...

  • Nick Black

    holy crap, tesco vee wrote a book! this man was the soundtrack of my youth! legend has it that a video floats the etherwires, a video involving young computer scientists rendering some Tesco/Meatmen t...

  • Burk Smyth

    a wonderful look at a scene that I never was a part of (because I'm way too young). Really, really surreal things like a review of the Transmission single that includes a comment to the effect of "Joy...

  • Aesop Dekker

    How many years have I waited for this? So worth it too....

  • Ste Broadrick

    A collage of Bo Diddley with an attached speech bubble saying "All you white bitches can suck the venomous jizzm out of my blood engorged throbbing ebony anaconda!" led to me making stupid noises as I...

  • Bryan Bedell

    Wow, a lot to say about this book… This stuff was a few years before my time, and a couple hundred miles to the north, and I never saw an issue in person until now, but I remember hearing a lot of t...

  • YNOT

    GREaT, jest PeRfeCT!!i had read 1 or 2 of th' 1982 iSSues. . .when PauLie lent 'em t' me. . .now that i look @ 'em. . .i believe that Tony B had 1 of the 1980 issues. . .and this was when X - LoS ANGe...

  • Ian

    This is an excellently-curated collection of the classic Touch and Go fanzine, published in Michigan during the years in the title. As someone interested in the history of underground music and inform...