Lexicon Devil: The Fast Times and Short Life of Darby Crash and The Germs [NOOK Book]


"Lexicon Devil is, pure and simple, the finest volume on punk to have seen the light of print. (Yes, folks: that includes Please Kill Me.) Great book!"—Richard Meltzer

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"Lexicon Devil is, pure and simple, the finest volume on punk to have seen the light of print. (Yes, folks: that includes Please Kill Me.) Great book!"—Richard Meltzer

Production has started on the documentary feature based on the book.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Since his heroin overdose in 1980, Darby Crash has become a symbol of punk irreverence, but his posthumous fame has tended to overshadow the seminal work of the punk band he fronted, the Germs. Mullen (who coauthored We Got the Neutron Bomb: The Untold Story of L.A. Punk), along with ex-Germs drummer Bolles and writer Parfrey, quickly deconstructs the myth of Crash (n Jan Paul Beahm) to reveal an embattled and confused soul who struggled with drug use and his homosexuality. Featuring raw quotations from Crash's peers in the burgeoning 1970s West Coast punk scene, the book offers both positive and negative views of the singer and the scene that raised him. Crash's fans were known for their cultish reverence, and Crash himself is shown to be a self-conscious misfit who used psychological ploys to enlist followers. It is unlikely that this book will reach a wide audience and thus imbue Crash's legacy with more humanity and, in turn, the Germs with more respectability, but it does strengthen the growing literature on American punk music. Recommended for popular music collections, especially as a complement to We Got the Neutron Bomb, which covers similar ground and whose oral history format this book replicates. Robert Morast, "Argus Leader," Sioux Falls, SD Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932595550
  • Publisher: Feral House
  • Publication date: 4/1/2002
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 731,842
  • File size: 14 MB
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Meet the Author

Since his influential collection, Apocalypse Culture, was first released in 1987, the award-winning writer Adam Parfrey has been credited for discovering and revealing the inner workings of cults and unusual pop culture histories. With "Love, Sex, Fear, Death," Parfrey has captured the cooperation of primary players in the most secretive and talked about cult of our time.
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Table of Contents

Publisher's Note
Don Bolles' Introductory Musings
The Boy With Blue Hair
Vile Babies
est, Scientology and IPS
Richie Dagger's Crime
Lexicon Devil
Five Years
What We Do Is Secret
Raw Power
Sophistifuck and The Revlon Spam Queens at the Dawn of Punk
Forming -- The Germs Begin
Hanging Out with the Runaways
Germs' World Debut
Sex Boy
Kim Fowley Presents
The Masque -- Out of the Woodwork and into the Basement
Street Dreams
We Must Bleed
The Germs Spread
Chelsea Hotel -- West
Germs Burns and the Cult that Ruled the World
The Coming of Cactus Head
Gimme Gimme This, Gimme Gimme That
Rift Among the Riffs
Darby Spengler
Art Damage
Do Damage
The Riverside Contingent
Trouble at the Cup
Tooth and Nail
South Bay
The HB Psycho Skinhead Scene
Critics Astounded
Staggeringly Reckless
American Leather
Oki Dogs
The Other Newest One
Tony the Hustler
The Decline
The Skate Connection
Birth of the Slam Pit
Bolles Gets Bootted
First of the Mohicans
"I Could Feel it Through His Jeans"
The Darby Crash Band
Skinhead Manor
Dragon Lady
Crying Wolf
The Reunion
Shut Down
APPENDICES: Cast of Characters
Lyrics of the Germs' Recorded and Unrecorded Output
Germs' Gig List and Key Events
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    Posted July 3, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2012

    A must read for any Germs fan

    Fascinating book, unusual format for a "biography" but it works

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  • Posted July 8, 2011

    better than the books on punk that got famous

    This is probably the best book on punk I have ever read. It's more than a collection of clippings but really the best book on the LA scene at that time that there is. There is some real feeling and brains behind the screaming, and the people that were there are full of insight and details to fill out the picture. This book is meaty, funny, tragic and plain fascinating. Plus the early account of the presence of Scientology in our schools is downright funny and troubling. Much better than the books on punk that got famous. How ironic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2002

    An engrossing biography of a punk rock originator

    Darby Crash died in 1980 at 22 (far too young), and yet the impact of his short life reverberates today. This book was nearly impossible to put down, and the tragic life story of this iconic guy is told through the recollections of those who knew him. His punk band- The Germs, almost singlehandedly created the "Hardcore" punk style. Darby was exposed at an early age to death, Scientology-mind control, and drugs, but overcame these dangerous obstacles just long enough to have a tremendous impact on everyone around him. Fearful of coming to terms with being open about his homosexuality in the LA punk scene as it became dominated by violent homophobes infiltrating from the suburbs, he sunk into depression, and a lost hoplessness. He committed suicide by a drug overdose. A complicated and conflicted life for sure, and engrossing to read. To some people he was the most important person they had ever known. This book includes interviews from nearly all the movers and shakers of the early LA punk scene, including Bon Bolles, Pat Smear, Lorna Doom, Nicole Panter (Germs manager), Joan Jett, members of X, The Weirdos, The Screamers, The Go-Gos, and more. A MUST READ

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