Making A Scene: NYHC 85-88
Reprint of this great book of photographs and anecdotes about the 80s NYHC hardcore scene. While there are a lot of little anecdotes and remembrances, the centerpiece of this book is the photographs, which are uniformly excellent. About half of the book is live photos of the bands you'd expect (Youth of Today, Warzone, Absolution, Nausea, etc., as well as some touring bands like Dag Nasty), but the real treat is the other half of the book, which is mostly people from the scene hanging out. I just love seeing all of the fashions and how people lived... it's not only a document of an important scene, but also an era of New York that's pretty much entirely gone. Highly recommended.