"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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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
|Don Bolles' Introductory Musings|
|The Boy With Blue Hair|
|est, Scientology and IPS|
|Richie Dagger's Crime|
|What We Do Is Secret|
|Sophistifuck and The Revlon Spam Queens at the Dawn of Punk|
|Forming -- The Germs Begin|
|Hanging Out with the Runaways|
|Germs' World Debut|
|Kim Fowley Presents|
|The Masque -- Out of the Woodwork and into the Basement|
|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|
|The Riverside Contingent|
|Trouble at the Cup|
|Tooth and Nail|
|The HB Psycho Skinhead Scene|
|The Other Newest One|
|Tony the Hustler|
|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|
|APPENDICES: Cast of Characters|
|Lyrics of the Germs' Recorded and Unrecorded Output|
|Germs' Gig List and Key Events|
What People are Saying About This
This book scared the shit out of me. It's
amazing, it's great ... I can't believe how good
Pat Smear, Germs guitarist, and later a player for Nirvana and the Foo Fighters.
Lexicon Devil is a stone, hot winner.
"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
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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
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.
Incredibly detialed and relevant beyond his life to rock and roll and punk in general. Priceless in your punk book collection.
Fascinating book, unusual format for a "biography" but it works
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.