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The Hard Times: The First 40 Years
is the first book from The Hard Times
, the Internet’s favorite music satire site. Often referred to as “The Onion for punk rock,” the site has developed a sizable, devoted following for its razor-sharp takes on underground music and alternative culture. And with headlines like “Man Magically Transforms into Music Historian While Talking to Women” and “Pretentious Friend Only Listens to Podcasts on Vinyl,” you don’t have to be a punk rock diehard to appreciate their hilarious commentary.
Now, in this ’zine-style “historical retrospective,” the writers behind the site document its development alongside the rise of punk rock, with original articles from their ‘archives’ commenting upon ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s punk, and site-specific fan favorites from the aughts onward. With its unique aesthetic and laugh-out-loud humor, The Hard Times will be the perfect gift book for music nerds and pop culture devotees everywhere.
Join us on the second floor as the creators and editors of The Hard Times Matt Saincome, Bill Conway, and Krissy Howard discuss their book!
Krissy Howard is a New Mexico-based freelance writer. She currently works as the managing editor for music satire site, The Hard Times, and additional examples of her work can be seen at Reductress, The Hairpin, Cuteness, and Reader's Digest. (Photo: Rose Pile)
Bill Conway is a Los Angeles-based comedian and writer. After perfecting the art of working in a warehouse, he co-founded the popular punk satire website The Hard Times and has been the site’s head writer since its inception. In addition to writing satire, Bill is also a stand-up comedian that has performed nationally at events including Cream City Comedy Festival, Altercation Fest, and The Warped Tour. Bill is the proud owner of two cats and a dog, and still uses a skateboard as his primary source of transportation well into his 30s.
Matt Saincome is the founder of Hard Times. A graduate of San Francisco State's journalism department, he has written for Rolling Stone, Vice, and San Francisco Weekly. Before all that, he was a zine kid, producing a print punk zine called "Punks! Punks! Punks!" and touring North America in his hardcore band, Zero Progress. Nowadays, he's dead set on fixing the way publishers pay freelancers through his start-up OutVoice.