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Photos: Early Punk Zine Featured Black Flag, Circle Jerks & More

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An exhibit at the L.A. Art Book Fair documents the bands, fans and culture of L.A.'s early punk scene.

In the early 80s, photographers Brian and Nikki Tucker created the punk 'zine FER YOUz, which captured the crowds and performances at punk shows through photos and collages. The couple, now married, ultimately published 16 issues of the 'zine, which were handed out for free at shows. Each issue documented the shows of early punk bands as well as the rise of hardcore acts from SoCal like Black Flag, Circle Jerks and T.S.O.L.

And now, Brooklyn-based rare book dealer Arthur Fournier has created an exhibition featuring the original color masters of the 'zine, including many rare photos of the bands. It's on display at this weekend's Art Book Fair at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. The exhibit will also feature punk fliers from the artists' archives, band buttons, tipsheets from the 'zines for punk fans, and more memorabilia from the period.

This Saturday at 2 p.m., you can also catch a free public talk on the exhibit, featuring Brian and Nikki Tucker, Arthur Fournier, and former Black Flag and Circle Jerks singer Keith Morris.

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At the show, a limited-edition portfolio of the Tuckers' photography, FER YOUz: The L.A. Hardcore Archive, 1980-1985, will also be available for purchase.

Printed Matter's L.A. Art Book Fair is on now at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, 152 North Central Avenue. The show is continues Saturday February 13, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday February 14, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. More info can be found here.