We Got the Neutron Bomb: The Untold Story of L. A. Punk [NOOK Book]


Taking us back to late ’70s and early ’80s Hollywood—pre-crack, pre-AIDS, pre-Reagan—We Got the Neutron Bomb re-creates word for word the rage, intensity, and anarchic glory of the Los Angeles punk scene, straight from the mouths of the scenesters, zinesters, groupies, filmmakers, and musicians who were there.

“California was wide-open sex—no condoms, no birth control, no ...
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Taking us back to late ’70s and early ’80s Hollywood—pre-crack, pre-AIDS, pre-Reagan—We Got the Neutron Bomb re-creates word for word the rage, intensity, and anarchic glory of the Los Angeles punk scene, straight from the mouths of the scenesters, zinesters, groupies, filmmakers, and musicians who were there.

“California was wide-open sex—no condoms, no birth control, no morality, no guilt.” —Kim Fowley

“The Runaways were rebels, all of us were. And a lot of people looked up to us. It helped a lot of kids who had very mediocre, uneventful, unhappy lives. It gave them something to hold on to.” —Cherie Currie

“The objective was to create something for our own personal satisfaction, because everything in our youthful and limited opinion sucked, and we knew better.” —John Doe

“The Masque was like Heaven and Hell all rolled into one. It was a bomb shelter, a basement. It was so amazing, such a dive ... but it was our dive.” —Hellin Killer

“At least fifty punks were living at the Canterbury. You’d walk into the courtyard and there’d be a dozen different punk songs all playing at the same time. It was an incredible environment.” —Belinda Carlisle

Assembled from exhaustive interviews, We Got the Neutron Bomb tells the authentically gritty stories of bands like the Runaways, the Germs, X, the Screamers, Black Flag, and the Circle Jerks—their rise, their fall, and their undeniable influence on the rock ’n’ roll of today.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
For years, West Coast punks have been ardently arguing for some much-deserved respect. Though the L.A. punk scene had a late start, it has turned out more relevant bands in the last two decades than the communities in New York and London combined. There's only been one roadblock in L.A.'s way until now, there hasn't been a book. Spitz, senior contributing writer at SPIN magazine, and Mullen, founder of the seminal Masque club that fostered many of the bands covered here, have fashioned a long-overdue oral history along the lines of Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain's Please Kill Me, Gotham punk's definitive history. Starting in 1971 with Jim Morrison and the glitter rock invasion and ending in 1981 with the Go-Go's commercial success, this book presents raw quotations from vital scenesters, promoters, and musicians. Readers will get glimpses into the formation and demise of acts like the Runaways, X, and the Circle Jerks. Much more thorough than Forming: The Early Days of L.A. Punk (LJ 11/1/99), this book not only titillates with insights and anecdotes that are alternately hilarious and grisly but also fills a gap in popular music history. Highly recommended for all libraries, especially those in the Golden State. Robert Morast, "Argus Daily Leader," Sioux Falls, SD Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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“When Gillian McCain and I wrote Please Kill Me, a number of people asked us, ‘What about the L.A. punk scene?’ We said ‘That’s another book.’ And now Marc Spitz and Brendan Mullen have finally written it. It’s about time.”
—Legs McNeil
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307566249
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/5/2010
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 630,040
  • File size: 7 MB

Table of Contents

Introduction: Let's Get Rid of New York
Prologue: The Boy Looked at Jimbo
Ch. 1 "The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man": Rodney's English Disco and the Glitter Rock Deca-Dance (1971-75)
Ch. 2 Trouble at the Riot House: L. A. Glitter's Downward Spiral (1974-75)
Ch. 3 Back Door Man and the New Order (1974-75)
Ch. 4 "Young Americans" (1975-76)
Ch. 5 Queens of Noise: The Rise of the Runaways (1975-76)
Ch. 6 Radio Free Hollywood (1976-77)
Ch. 7 Forming: The Screameers, the Weirdos, the Zeros, and the Germs Kick-Start the Scene (1976-77)
Ch. 8 So This Is War, Eh? Slash Magazine, Flipside, Lobotomy, and the L.A. Punk Zines (1977)
Ch. 9 "Punish or Be Damned": The Rise of the Screamers (1977)
Ch. 10 Getting Devo-ed (1977)
Ch. 11 "Landlord, Landlord, Landlord, Clean Up the Mess": The Birth of X (1977)
Ch. 12 Pass the Dust, I Think I'm Bowie: A Few Words About Black Randy (1977-78)
Ch. 13 Welcome to Liverpool '77: Punksploitation, the Indie Boom and the Incredible Singing Dickies (1977)
Ch. 14 The Masque and the Plunger Pit (1977)
Ch. 15 "I'm Darby Crash": In and Out of Control (1977-78)
Ch. 16 Talkin' 'Bout the Hillside Strangler (1978)
Ch. 17 Misfits and Cheerleaders: The Go-Go's Go Punk (1978)
Ch. 18 "Ever Get the Feeling You've Been Cheated?": The Sex Pistols in California (1978)
Ch. 19 Trashin' and Bashin' (1978)
Ch. 20 The Canterbury Tales (1978-79)
Ch. 21 Mutations: Power Pop, New Wave, Art Punk, Psychobilly, and the Seeds of Hardcore Split the Scene (1979)
Ch. 22 Rockabilly Cats at Disgraceland (1979)
Ch. 23 "I Totally Hate Cops to the Max" (1979)
Ch. 24 This Is Hardcore (1979)
Ch. 25 Strung Out (1979)
Ch. 26 GI (Germs Incognito) (1979)
Ch. 27 Population One: The Fall of the Screamers (1979)
Ch. 28 Vicious Circles and Face Plants: Orange County Ultraviolence and the Skate Punk Boom (1979-80)
Ch. 29 "We Got the Beat": The Go-Go's Hit the U.K. and Return as Pop Stars (1980)
Ch. 30 Los Angeles (1980)
Ch. 31 "Preaching the Blues": The Roots Revival (1980)
Ch. 32 The Vex: Los Lobos and the East L. A. Scene (1980)
Ch. 33 Fire of Love (1980)
Ch. 34 "Amoeba": The Adolescents, Social Distortion, Agent Orange - Fullerton's Pop Hardcore (1980)
Ch. 35 The Decline of Western Civilization (1980)
Ch. 36 "I Want Out Now" (1980)
Ch. 37 "This Town Is Our Town": X Sells Out the Greek, the Go-Go's Hit Number One, and MTV (1981)
Epilogue: No Apologies (1981-2001)
Source Notes
Cast of Characters
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2005

    OH MY GOD...

    Wow what a great book ! The stories were awsome...right from the people who were there.I enjoyed this book so much, it made me slightly depressed that the punk scene wasn't still like this. But I still recomend it..You'll end up finding out about some pretty rad bands. This book influenced me to get into earlier punk music and I am noW in love with LA's punk scene. The book really is fantastic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2002

    close as you can get

    well, i wasnt alive in the 60's unfortunately, and this book is as close as you can get. its all told by the people who were there and know what they are talking about (minus the bull from the press etc.)and makes you feel less like you missed the whole punk era which (unless you were alive in the 60s and 70s) you did because its over sorry but anyways READ IT before you even jokingly call yourself punk

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