We Got Power Documents Arizona Punk Past and Present This Weekend

We Got Power, the fanzine, grew out of a desire to document the Reagan-era '80s hardcore punk scene as it was taking off in Southern California. Amy Young, the drummer of the now-defunct She*Riffs and of the garage-pop band French Girls (and a sometimes-New-Times contributor), brought the We Got Power exhibit down to Phoenix via Perihelion Arts and Pravus gallery. She wanted to connect the local music scene's history to the broader hardcore punk rock history Dave Markey and Jordan Schwartz had documented.

The Trunk Space is hosting the Phoenix component to the exhibition, which is currently showing flyers, photographs, and other ephemera of the '80s; as First Friday hours close, they are hosting a show with local bands Father Figures, JJCNV, French Girls, and Scorpion vs. Tarantula. Up on the Sun talked to her about nostalgia in punk rock, zines, and the importance of documenting musical history for younger generations.

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Yezmin Villarreal