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Tabloid format on newsprint with two-color covers, 29 by 37.5 cm, 30 pp., illus. Near fine with light, even yellowing throughout. The Better Youth Organization (BYO) was founded by two of the three Stern brothers from the LA hardcore band Youth Brigade “as a quasi-collective promoting shows and spreading humanist ideals” as a reaction to “punk scene nihilism and LAPD brutality.”1 The BYO’s real calling was as a label and released records by 7 Seconds, SNFU, Stretch Marks, Youth Brigade, and many others, including the well-known compilation “Someone Got Their Head Kicked In.”2 The “Someone Got Their Head Kicked In” tour was later made into the documentary Another State of Mind featuring Social Distortion, Minor Threat, and Youth Brigade.3 This scarce tabloid-style zine features Joe Strummer on the cover as well as a three-page article on the Clash and a centerspread of the band. There are show reviews, including Public Image, the Minutemen, Social Distortion, and Black Flag, with a full-page photo of Henry Rollins; record reviews, including the Talking Heads, Bad Manners, The Stranglers, and David Bowie; and interviews with Bernard Albrecht of New Order and Steve Wynn of Dream Syndicate. Also included are articles on the New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles scenes, The English Beat, music videos, and an essay on the evolution of rock ‘n’ roll, “There are so many things happening in music today that it’s not always easy to find direction, whether one writes the songs or listens to them. Yet there are many parallels between the music scenes of the ‘50s and ‘60s, and those that are and have been developing for the past six or seven years. There are not only similarities in music, but also in fashion, dance and philosophy, and they have been caused by the lifestyles associated with the music. Whether it be rockabilly, mod, ska, soul, funk, rap, punk, techno-dance, or even industrial noise, all these subcultures have their own music, which helps define look, dress, speech, dance and ideas. In general, whole lifestyles are based around the music. And regardless how close the new movement may resemble the original (i.e., the purists in rockabilly, mod, ska and soul), or how they may incorporate different influences to come up with something relatively new (i.e., punk, rap, funk, or the new techno-dance music), there is a commitment to lifestyle that hasn’t happened on such a large scale since the ‘60s. It is this commitment that makes the music transcend mere entertainment; it becomes much more important.” A well-written, text-heavy zine with great photos.