MIDLIFE CRISIS #1, $5, 8½” x 11”, copied, 32 pgs.

It’s nice, and sadly rare these days, to read a hardcore punk zine where the editor doesn’t see himself (and it’s always a male) as another blowhard Lester Bangs with fake attitude and flimsy knowledge. The editor, Daragh Hayes, keeps his writing honest; his enthusiasm and passion for all things hardcore punk is undeniable. He covers the new, as well as the old, with interviews from OAF, and one with NoMeansNo from 1988, as well as a talk with Pete Genest from Hits and Misses record store. There’s also a lengthy review the doc She Said Boom: The Story of Fifth Column. There needs to be more zines like this. Please! –Matt Average (Daragh Hayes, 250 Pall Mall Street, Unit 601, London, ON, Canada, N6A 6K3, [email protected])