SOUTH BAY RIPPER was an early incarnation of the San Jose-based fanzine RIPPER that took hardcore punk’s reigns around 1981 and ran with ‘em, hard. This issue came out in early 1980, a pre-HC era in which the editors of this magazine were pontificating about Nick Lowe & Elvis Costello while arguing about what was “new wave” vs. what was “punk”.

There’s even a column in here in which a writer argues that he’s come up with an even better term for the paradigm-busting sounds of the day: “modern music”! 

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