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A modicum of praise for Los Angeles’ SIN 34 in NO MAG, circa 1982.

Sin 34 (whom the editors of Dynamite Hemorrhage have a bit of a guilty-pleasure soft spot for) were the perennial opening band on hardcore bills all over LA and the San Fernando Valley in the early 80s. Members later went on to Painted Willie; Dave Markey became an infamous underground filmmaker and was putting out We Got Power fanzine around the time of this review as well.

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I got this book in the mail yesterday, and totally immersed myself in it for an hour before being called away for more important duties, like parenting and husbanding and being responsible & all that. It’s a fantastic look/read so far – capturing the early 80s LA suburbs and punk’s surreal explosion there better than anything I’ve ever seen, thanks to photographs of participants as opposed to solely of bands. More to come on this one.