Government Issue’s John Stabb 1962-2016 R.I.P.



Iconic frontman had been battling cancer. He’s the one on the far right, above.

By Blurt Staff

The punk world lost a hugely influential personality over the weekend: Government Issue vocalist John Stabb passed away at the age of 54. According to, “Stabb, whose real name was John Dukes Schroeder, died after a 112-day battle with cancer, according to his wife Mina Devadas.”

As a member of the DC hardcore fraternity and a Dischord Records recording artist, Government Issue was one of the pioneering acts of the ’80s, forming in 1980 and going on to release a significant body of work that began with 1981’s Legless Bull EP (one of the first Dischord releases) and the albums Joyride, Government Issue and Crash, after which the band split up. They did have a couple of reunions, in 2007, 2010 and 2015. In the interim, Stabb went on to do some solo work and form The Factory Incident, while his bandmembers would work in such outfits as Wool, Jawbox and Burning Airlines.

Below, watch a couple of clips. And if you go over to Stabb’s Facebook page to post a comment or tribute, prepare to be heartbroken as Stabb chronicled his illness in all its ups and downs in painstaking detail.


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