You think you're hardcore? Try telling that to David Markey and Jordan Schwartz, founders of punk fan rag, We Got Power. The small-scale magazine captures the sights and sounds of punk pioneers in the Reagan era of the early 1980s, featuring bands like Black Flag, the Minutemen, Social Distortion, Suicidal Tendencies, Youth Brigade, and more.
Now, roughly 30 years later, the work of these former L.A. youths is presented as art. Perihelion Arts presents two, count 'em two, free exhibitions happening simultaneously at Modified Arts and The Trunk Space.
"We Got Power!" at Modified Arts will feature photographs from the original We Got Power fanzine with early depictions of the hardcore punk scene in Southern California. Meanwhile "Phoenix Got Power, Too!" at Trunk Space will hit closer to home with a photo exhibition of the local music scene in Arizona from the 80s and 90s.
Opening Receptions for both shows will kick off this Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. with a following reception October 4 at the same time. Exhibitions will be on display September 20 through October 12.
Additional events related to the free exhibitions include a We Got Power! Night of Rock happening at 9 p.m. October 4 at the Trunk Space ($5) and the We Got Power Movie Event featuring My Career As A Jerk by David Markey screening from 4 to 6 p.m. October 5 FilmBar ($9). Books will also be available for purchase and signing.
For more information, visit Perihelion Arts online.