WE GOT POWER! coauthor David Markey’s all-time classic rock documentary 1991: The Year Punk Broke chronicles with machine gun wit and guerrilla flair Sonic Youth’s tour of Europe that year while accompanied by Nirvana, the Ramones, Dinosaur Jr., and Babes in Toyland.
Shortly after Rolling Stone recently named 1991 one of the “Top 25 Punk Films of All Time,” L.A.’s vinyl-only Pop Obscure Records honored We Got Power! with a photo exhibit featuring images—and live humans—from the book. Among the treasures on display were shots from the one-and-only roll of 35mm film Markey shot on his trusty old still camera during the making of 1991.
Now Pop Obscure proprietor Sherry Lee has scanned those original negatives to create an eye-popping, mind-blowing, “you are there” 12-inch by 34-inch contact sheet print. Pick up prints of Markey’s history-as-it-happened photo collection at Pop Obscure, until the end of the We Got Power exhibit on January 9.
POP OBSCURE Records, 735 S. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles, CA
Read WE GOT POWER!: Hardcore Punk Scenes from 1980s Southern California, by David Markey and Jordan Schwartz