Lexicon Devil: The Fast Times and Short Life of Darby Crash and The Germs

Lexicon Devil: The Fast Times and Short Life of Darby Crash and The Germs


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ISBN-13: 9780922915705
Publisher: Feral House
Publication date: 04/01/2002
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 835,278
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About 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.

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

What People are Saying About This

Pat Smear

This book scared the shit out of me. It's amazing, it's great ... I can't believe how good it is.
— Pat Smear, Germs guitarist, and later a player for Nirvana and the Foo Fighters.

John Shelton Ivany

Lexicon Devil is a stone, hot winner.

Jimmy McDonough

"Number One, with a silver bullet. The definitive story of L.A. punk's tragic manimal, Darby Crash. Truly obscene, appallingly funny, sad beyond words. I await the Hollywood motion picture.
— Jimmy McDonough, author of Shakey: Neil Young's Biography and The Ghastly One: The Sex-Gore Netherworld of Filmmaker Andy Milligan

Kim Fowley

Rock & roll, death, urine, slime, blood and pus [were] reborn on the Sunset Strip in the punk summer of '77. Darby Crash was the Christopher Columbus of horror, grotesquery, and bad behavior -- of course he needs his story told. I couldn't believe the book -- it brought me back in a time machine to my own brush with madness and insanity.

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Lexicon Devil: The Fast Times and Short Life of Darby Crash and The Germs 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
librarianbryan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I keep picking up these punk themed books on whims and then they suck me in and I can't put them down. Mr. Crash had a genuinely unique and bizarre childhood. The picture of him painted via this oral history is of someone flawed, complex, and reaching. It's a fascinating read. I think the people in this book are just my people.
ParryHotter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Incredibly detialed and relevant beyond his life to rock and roll and punk in general. Priceless in your punk book collection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fascinating book, unusual format for a "biography" but it works
IEatBoogers More than 1 year ago
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.