A searing punk memoir by an American original rebelling against conformity, complacency, and conservatism with his iconic band, MDC.
From the time Dave Dictor was young, he knew he was a little different than the all-American kids around him. Radicalized politically while in high school, inspired to seize opportunities by his hard-working parents, and intrigued with gender fluidity, Dictor moved to Austin, and connected with local misfits and anti-establishment rock'n'rollers. He began penning songs that influenced American punk rock for decades.
MDC always has been in the vanguard of social struggles, confronting homophobia in punk rock during the early 1980s; invading America's heartland at sweltering Rock Against Reagan shows; protesting the Pope's visit to San Francisco in 1987; in 1993 they were the first touring US punk band to reach a volatile Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Dictor's narrative is a raw portrait of an American underground folk-hero who stood on the barricades advocating social justice and spreading punk's promise to a global audience. Part poet, renegade, satirist, and lover, he is an authentic, homegrown character carrying the progressive punk fight into the twenty-first century.
Dave Dictor is singer, lyricist, and founding member of legendary American punk band MDC (Millions of Dead Cops). Since 1979, Dictor has toured throughout the world with MDC, releasing more than nine albums with MDC that sold more than 125,000 copies. MDC continues to tour, playing over sixty concerts each year. Dictor's MDC song, "John Wayne Was a Nazi," was featured in the best-selling video game Grand Theft Auto 5. He appeared in the film American Hardcore and resides in Portland, Oregon.
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About the Author
Dave Dictor is singer, lyricist, and founding member of the legendary American punk band MDC (Millions of Dead Cops). Since 1979, Dictor has toured throughout the world with MDC, has released more than 9 albums with MDC that sold more than 125,000 copies. MDC continues to play 60+ concerts each year in the US and Europe. Dictor's MDC song, "John Wayne Was A Nazi," was featured in the best-selling video game, Grand Theft Auto 5. He appeared in the film, American Hardcore, and currently resides in Portland.
Table of Contents
My Family Is a Little Weird 13
Going Home with the Armadillo 25
No war, No KKK, No Fascist USA 37
Oh John Wayne, John Wayne 41
Banned From Raul's 45
Exene, John Doe, and Me 49
Getting The Hell Out of Austin 51
Soup Kitchens and San Francisco 59
Timmy Yohannon 63
Bad Brains 67
Spring, Summer, Fall 71
First European Tour, 1982 77
Rock Against Reagan Tour, 1983 87
After July 3rd 95
Second European Tour, 1983-84 99
Home on the Range 109
You're Our Commie Fag 113
The Best Dog I Never Wanted 117
The Gordon Fraser Days 121
Bad Moon at Gilman & The Pope visits SF 127
Metal Devil Cokes & Dead Cops Rule, 1988 131
If I Had a Face like Yours I'd Shave My Ass And Walk Backwards 135
Harley, John Joseph, and Me 137
USA, Europe, and Russia, 1993 141
Sleeping with the Enemy 147
Useless Pieces of Shit 151
Not Just Falling Off the Wagon But Under It 159
Back to School 165
Millions of Dead Cowboys 169
Back to Portland, 2004 - Present 173
Love in Every Breath 177
In Memoriam 183
Photo & Art Credits 192