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Dave Markey: The Mr. Skin Interview [PICS]

markey 12Dave Markey is an underground legend. A filmmaker who started manufacture Super 8 movies before he hit his teens, by the age he finished aerial school he and his top acquaintance Jordan Schwartz were the unofficial chroniclers of LA’s hardcore punk scene thanks to their ‘zine We Got Power!.

We Got Power! alone lasted for a few years, but after a continued and totally marvelous occupation documenting and manufacture melody videos for bands according Sonic Youth, Shonen Knife, The Circle Jerks, The Meat Puppets and Dinosaur Jr. as able-bodied as manufacture the punk rock girl-gang classic Desperate Teenage Lovedolls (1984), its sequel Lovedolls Superstar (1986), and the award-winning documentary The Reinactors (2008), Dave teamed back up with his acquaintance Jordan to re-visit their mature ‘zine.

The aftereffect is We Got Power!: Hardcore Punk Scenes from 1980s Southern California, the advanced book from Bazillion Points that combines Markey and Schwartz’s photographs with essays from the persons who were there. Illuminating, impassioned, and capital reading for anyone in charge of some inspiration, We Got Power! is the definitive document of LA hardcore in the early ’80s.

We talked to Dave at home, where he told us about his movies, the LA scene then and now, and the indelible appeal of Russ Meyer.

More after the jump!

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