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Hard Times: The First 40 Years


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The Hard Times is a satirical website focusing on punk, hardcore, and alt music culture. It was founded in 2014 by Matt Saincome and Bill Conway.



"250 pages of non-stop LOLs...[with] spot-on pieces satirizing the punk, hardcore, and indie worlds with a consistency that rivals The Onion in its prime." -Pitchfork, Best Music Books of 2019 "The perfect, light reading...The Hard Times infuses their genuine affinity for music with savage humor that roasts every type of music fan." -PASTE Magazine "Painstakingly researched...a testament to the benefits of strategically selling out." -Washington Post "Hilarious...The First 40 Years bundle acidic jokes and incisive industry commentary in articles that celebrate and eviscerate the scene as it's evolved from the Buzzcocks to Blink-182." -AV Club "Think of it like The Onion for the cool kids." -NPR's Morning Edition "A comedy goldmine." -LA Weekly "The Hard Times offers comfort amid today's endless news cycle of shootings, corruption, and environmental catastrophes...Sometimes we need humor to heal, and this book has as much of the former as you could possibly hope for." -San Francisco Weekly 100% AUTHENTIC PRAISE FOR THE HARD TIMES: "Is this that meme page from Instagram?" --Dave Grohl, lead vocalist, Foo Fighters "Ronald Reagan and his band of merry billionaires set the stage for a corrupt world that puts profits over people. Oh, how they promised the citizens of this country that trickle-down economics would be a boon to the working class, when the only trickle we got was in the form of piss being rained down on us from the . . . [cut for length]" --Jello Biafra, frontman, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, former frontman, Dead Kennedys "No." --Henry Rollins, author, actor, vocalist, talking head "I've never read The Hard Times, but I will definitely check it out sometime." --Debbie Harry, lead vocalist, Blondie

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