John Stabb : Government Issue – DC hardcore legends : RIP
Stabb, whose real name was John Dukes Schroeder, died after a 112-day battle with cancer, according to his wife Mina Devadas. He was 54.
Government Issue were contemporaries of Minor Threat and very much part of the intense Washington DC hardcore scene they were one of the first hardcore punk bands to release a record – “Legless Bull” – on Minor Threat’s Dischord Records.
Stabb, known for his flamboyant stage outfits, was at sartorial odds with other early D.C. bands, which were often dressed in leather jackets and ripped jeans.
Friend Kevin Young started a GoFundMe page – “John Stabb ‘Boycott’ Cancer Fund”– which has raised more than $50,000 in two months.