I just got done reading “Gimme Something Better: The Profound, Progressive, and Occasionally Pointless History of Bay Area Punk from Dead Kennedys to Green Day“. After reading the chapter on Operation Ivy, I couldn’t help but recall in 1989 reading something Jesse Michaels wrote:
Music is an indirect force for change, because it provides an anchor against human tragedy. In this sense, it works towards a reconciled world. It can also be the direct experience of change. At certain points during some shows, the reconciled world is already here, at least in that second, at that place. Operation Ivy was very lucky to have experienced this. Those seconds reveal that the momentum that drives a subculture is more important than any particular band. The momentum is made of all the people who stay interested and keep their sense of urgency and hope.
I always liked that little quote. I liked it when I was 14 reading it for the first time and I still like it @ 36.