The Hard Times (Paperback)

The First 40 Years

By Matt Saincome, Bill Conway, Krissy Howard

Mariner Books, 9780358022374, 256pp.

Publication Date: October 29, 2019

Other Editions of This Title:
Compact Disc (10/29/2019)
MP3 CD (10/29/2019)

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From the comedic minds behind comes the most accurate reporting on punk and hardcore culture in music history
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.

About the Author

The Hard Times is a satirical website focusing on punk, hardcore, and alt music culture. It was founded in 2014 by Matt Saincome and Bill Conway.

Praise For The Hard Times: The First 40 Years

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

“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