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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Bazillion Points; First edition (June 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979616387
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979616389
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“I was inspired by how fearless and together Touch and Go were. They were really wild and extremely funny.”—Henry Rollins

“It was really one of the first times anyone outside of Washington really paid us any mind. The fact that Touch and Go took an interest in us really blew us away.”—Ian MacKaye, Minor Threat

Creem may have taught me how to p*ss, but Touch and Go taught me how to sh*t. I owe my career to that magazine.”—John Brannon, Negative Approach

"Easily one of the best hardcore reads you’ll ever sink your fangs into...enthralling."—Montreal Mirror

"As a hardcore punk primer you couldn't do better."—Time Out Chicago

“Anyone who’s ever published a true DIY fanzine owes at least a small debt to
Touch and Go.”—Decibel

“If you have any interest at all in hardcore punk or being rude, you need this.”—Austin American-Statesman, Summer Reading Picks

"One massive volume for all your punk-rock nostalgia and/or historical research needs"—The Onion AV Club

"Touch and Go was an essential primer for budding punk kids looking for the next great hardcore band and punk rock wouldn't be the same without it."—Portland Mercury

"Slapdash, ornery, and entertaining"—Popmatters

"Influential"—Village Voice, Voice Picks

"Essential”—Washington Post Express

"Lots of energy gets captured in this handsome, perfectbound volume, down to the original, frenetic cut-and-paste layouts."—Detroit Metro-Times

"Bazillion Points has done the world the great service of collecting Touch and Go’s entire four-year, 22-issue run in a handsome paperback. The zine eventually expanded from its initial 14-page format to include other writers and interviews, and even ended up printing color covers towards the end. Through it all, Vee and Stimson never wavered from their irascible bent, and now it’s been preserved in these 570-odd pages. Though rendered with DIY technique, T&G never applied the kind of dogmatic blinders of, say, Maximumrocknroll, instead never hesitating to sing the praises of any band they found boundary pushing and/or simply appealing. (U2’s Boy gets a thumbs-up.) They also had a penchant for a little bathroom humor, which seems extreme by today’s PC punk standards, but somehow also incredibly cheeky. For the four years of its existence, Touch and Go was the documentation of all that mattered in music, uninfluenced by anything other than its publishers’ own inclinations." —Stephen Slaybaugh, The Agit Reader

About the Author

Tesco Vee is a King Daddy and the reason we are here. He is the voice of the Meatmen and the creator of Touch and Go magazine. He may have created the Earth, but we're not positive. Dave Stimson still cracks wise and dry. He quietly remains one of the top musicologists in the nation, but during 1979 1982, his literary haymakers landed loudly on the jawbone of the music industry.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By John L Murphy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is an enjoyable tribute to what used to be the underground, before even alternative or college rock was coined, three decades ago. It's a hefty read, but conveniently assembled and longer lasting than aging newsprint. It's handsomely produced and sturdy, if heavy, to hold.

Tesco Vee of the Meatmen teamed up with Dave Stimson in Ann Arbor to produce this slapdash, ornery, and entertaining fanzine. Cutting and pasting their typed reviews, concert flyers, salacious photos, found art, and random scrawls, they photocopied twenty-two issues. They surveyed the gloom of post-punk, they ridiculed the neon of the new wave. They insulted (TSOL, GG Allin, sometimes Fear) or celebrated (local groups The Fix, Necros, and, surprise, The Meatmen) those claiming to be hardcore.

Wit wriggles into many reviews. Two entries cited in their entirety show a pithy style perfected. Stimson sums up "I Don't Like Mondays" by the Boomtown Rats. "The little California miss could've done us all a favor had she taken her shooting spree to the Ensign studio when this grandiose piece of schmaltz was recorded." His soundbite on the LP "Pauline Murray and the Invisible Girls": "(forgot the label) I bought it. I sold it. What more do you need to know?"

Scatology scatters over nearly every page. A frustrated, lonely, adolescent mentality lingers. Its slogan: "Where hardcore doesn't mean pornography." Fecal fixation, erectile fascination, naughty peeps, and homophobic taunts fills margins. Two cartoon balloons appear over a tiny photo of two conversing celebrities. John Lennon is made to ask: "So, what's it like being black?" Muhammed Ali finds himself responding: "Better than being dead.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Timothy K. Schwader on January 2, 2011
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There once was a time when fanzines were truly works of art, strips of typed (on a typewriter) text and assorted photos (mostly torn from magazines, posters, or flyers) glued on randomly selected pieces of paper, then surreptitiously copied at someone's place of work under cover of darkness. That's how the first half-dozen zines I worked on were done, and a few that I've been a part of later in life... [gratuitous self-promotion has been self-edited]. Well, as old as that makes me (ahem), I wasn't even aware of the existence of `Touch And Go' during its magnificent run from 1979 through 1983, but I have been influenced by it--we all have--without even realizing so. Every zine of the past 30 years owes something to `Touch And Go', which is clearly evident by flipping through this magnificent, massive book. From the thick stock cover featuring a glowering John Brannon (Negative Approach) to the collection of show flyers in the back (Necros, The Fix, Minor Threat, Scream, Black Flag, and of course Tesco Vee's Meatmen), this book demands attention. This is 576 pages of madness, with full reproductions of every single page of the zine's 22-issue run, plus all-new essays written by Henry Rollins, Keith Morris, Corey Rusk, John Brannon, Byron Coley, both authors, and more... plus a `remember the days' interview between Tesco and Ian MacKaye... that bring the early days of the US punk/hardcore scenes to life like nothing else could.Read more ›
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mike Virus on July 18, 2010
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To have all the issues of Touch and Go in their original form compiled into a single beautifully bound book is a godsend. I can not recommend this book enough. 576 pages of punk rock bliss.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Todd Zimmer on July 29, 2010
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The Touch and Go omnibus just might be the best book in the history of print. Seriously, books can go and die now.
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