The Hard Times: The First 40 Years (Paperback)
Since 2014, The Hard Times has been at the forefront of music journalism, delivering hard-hitting reports and in-depth investigations into the punk and hardcore scene. From their scathing takedown of Kim Jong-un after he appointed himself the new singer of Black Flag to their incisive coverage of a healthy Lars Ulrich being replaced by a hologram, the site has become a trusted source for all things counterculture.
Now, in this zine-style “historical retrospective,” the writers behind the site reveal their humble roots, documenting The Hard Times’ ascension alongside the rise of punk. With original articles from their ‘archives’ commenting on ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s punk, as well as fan favorites from the aughts onward, this comprehensive examination of the scene will make readers dust off their Doc Martens and creepy crawl their way to the nearest pit.
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“Painstakingly researched…a testament to the benefits of strategically selling out.” –Washington Post
“Think of it like The Onion for the cool kids.” –NPR’s Morning Edition
“A comedy goldmine.” –LA Weekly
“The Hard Times offers comfort amid today’s endless news cycle of shootings, corruption, and environmental catastrophes…Sometimes we need humor to heal, and this book has as much of the former as you could possibly hope for.” –San Francisco Weekly
100% AUTHENTIC PRAISE FOR THE HARD TIMES:
“Is this that meme page from Instagram?” —Dave Grohl, lead vocalist, Foo Fighters
“Ronald Reagan and his band of merry billionaires set the stage for a corrupt world that puts profits over people. Oh, how they promised the citizens of this country that trickle-down economics would be a boon to the working class, when the only trickle we got was in the form of piss being rained down on us from the . . . [cut for length]” —Jello Biafra, frontman, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, former frontman, Dead Kennedys
“No.” —Henry Rollins, author, actor, vocalist, talking head
“I’ve never read The Hard Times, but I will definitely check it out sometime.” —Debbie Harry, lead vocalist, Blondie