Relive — or learn for the first time — the days of British Hardcore Punk with this new book

Sometimes the brightest lights can only burn for so long. 

That’s the case of, among other things, British Hardcore Press (BHP), the UK punk and alternative music zine that only graced this world between 1991 and 1995. 

Its short but influential lifespan was just enough to pique the curiosity and devotion of fans and would-be musicians. 

Now the legacy of BHP is being reviewed in a new book, Punk Faction (BHP ’91 to ’95). The book is nearly 300 pages and looks at the things that mattered in the musical culture back then and the things that still matter now.

 “Containing short stories and reviews, as well as interviews with bands such as Green day, Rancid, Jawbreaker, Quicksand,Sugar, Samiam, All and Down by Law. Including topical articles about such issues such as equality, the environment, animal cruelty and politics, this is a look back to ’90s youth culture and the UK hardcore music scene,” an overview states. 

“Much of my knowledge of music and view of the world is still influenced by those words,” writes Frank Turner in the book’s foreword. 

The book, published earlier this month, was written by David Gamage, a 30-year music industry veteran who specialized in fanzines and reviews. He also runs the Engineer Records label in the UK, which boasts more than 270 releases. 

Buy a copy for yourself here.

Amber Healy

I write about music policy and lawsuits because they're endlessly fascinating.

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