As an A&R man for Roadrunner Records and, currently, Century Media, Mike Gitter has signed some of metal and hardcore's finest. But the Bostonite first made his mark on heavy music as the founder of xXxFanzine, a seminal punk zine doubling as a regularly-updated listing of the underground's best and brightest. Agnostic Front, Black Flag, Cro-Mags, Minor Threat — these are but a few of the many bands who graced the pages of xXx as then-unknowns during the zine's run from 1983 to 1988.
A year shy of the storied rag's 30th anniversary, Gitter is teaming up with Bridge Nine Records for a retrospective package that looks back at the fanzine's salad days across a variety of mediums. Arriving November 10th, xXx Fanzine (1983-1988) Hardcore & Punk in the Eighties combines a 288-page book of articles, reviews, photographs and a 19-track covers compilation called Still Having Their Say, featuring classic punk covers from Voivod, Fu Manchu, Tombs, the Riverboat Gamblers and more.
In anticipation of the upcoming release, Revolver has teamed up with Gitter et al. to share Jesse Leach's intense take on Minor Threat's iconic "Salad Days." The Killswitch Engage frontman holds Ian MacKaye and Co.'s song close to his heart. "Hardcore music is the backbone and soul of my youth," he says. "Minor Threat was the first band to make me want to scream into a microphone."
You can pre-order xXx Fanzine (1983-1988), Hardcore & Punk in the Eighties here.
Jesse Leach recently interviewed Agnostic Front's Roger Miret for his Revolver interview series "Flex Your Head." Watch their fascinating conversation below: