More Fun in the New World: The Unmaking and Legacy of L.A. Punk

More Fun in the New World: The Unmaking and Legacy of L.A. Punk

by John Doe, Tom DeSavia

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Sequel to Grammy-nominated bestseller Under the Big Black Sun, continuing the up-close and personal account of the L.A. punk scene, with 50 rare photos

Picking up where Under the Big Black Sun left off, More Fun in the New World explores the years 1982 to 1987, covering the dizzying pinnacle of L.A.'s punk rock movement as its stars took to the national -- and often international -- stage. Detailing the eventual splintering of punk into various sub-genres, the second volume of John Doe and Tom DeSavia's west coast punk history portrays the rich cultural diversity of the movement and its characters, the legacy of the scene, how it affected other art forms, and ultimately influenced mainstream pop culture. The book also pays tribute to many of the fallen soldiers of punk rock, the pioneers who left the world much too early but whose influence hasn't faded.

As with Under the Big Black Sun, the book features stories of triumph, failure, stardom, addiction, recovery, and loss as told by the people who were influential in the scene, with a cohesive narrative from authors Doe and DeSavia. Along with many returning voices, More Fun in the New World weaves in the perspectives of musicians Henry Rollins, Fishbone, Billy Zoom, Mike Ness, Jane Weidlin, Keith Morris, Dave Alvin, Louis Pérez, Charlotte Caffey, Peter Case, Chip Kinman, Maria McKee, and Jack Grisham, among others. And renowned artist/illustrator Shepard Fairey, filmmaker Allison Anders, actor Tim Robbins, and pro-skater Tony Hawk each contribute chapters on punk's indelible influence on the artistic spirit.

In addition to stories of success, the book also offers a cautionary tale of an art movement that directly inspired commercially diverse acts such as Green Day, Rancid, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Wilco, and Neko Case. Readers will find themselves rooting for the purists of punk juxtaposed with the MTV-dominating rock superstars of the time who flaunted a "born to do this, it couldn't be easier" attitude that continued to fuel the flames of new music. More Fun in the New World follows the progression of the first decade of L.A. punk, its conclusion, and its cultural rebirth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306922114
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 06/04/2019
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 488,551
File size: 68 MB
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About the Author

John Doe, a founding member of groundbreaking punk band X, has recorded eight solo records and as an actor has appeared in over fifty films and television productions.

Tom DeSavia is a long time record and music publishing A&R man based in Los Angeles, California. DeSavia began his music industry career as a journalist.

Table of Contents

1 Intro: We're Having Much More Fun Tom DeSavia 1

2 Mosh Pit Ubuists Tim Robbins 8

3 It Sounds Too Much Like The Blasters: 1982-1985 Dave Alvin 13

4 Sliver of Glass Jane Wiedlin 26

5 Under the Marquee W T. Morgan 44

6 The New World John Doe 58

7 Another State of Mind Mike Ness Tom DeSavia 64

8 Hollywood Shuffle Keith Morris Jim Ruland 75

9 Deliverance Charlotte Caffey 88

10 The Ongoing Cost of a Low-Grade Immortality Jack Grisham 101

11 Princess of Hollywood Pleasant Gehman 106

12 Los Lobos: Los Rockstars Accidentales Louie Pérez 127

13 Top Jimmy: In the Mud and the Blood and the Beer John Doe 135

14 Our Wolf Chris Morris 137

15 Grand Theft Paper: A Conversation with Billy Zoom John Doe 148

18 Prep School Confidential: Finding My Voice Shepard Fairey 154

17 You Say You Want an Evolution Tom DeSavia 166

18 This World Is Not My Home, I'm Just Passing Through Maria McKee Tom DeSavia 169

19 The Paisley Underground, Americana & Me Sid Griffin 183

20 Ten Short Years on the Sunset Strip Peter Case 197

21 The Kinman Brothers: American Music Tom DeSavia 210

22 One Thousand Nights Chip Kinman 213

23 Skate Punks Tony Hawk Steve Hawk 219

24 Free Radicals: A Conversation with Fishbone John Doe 223

25 Come on, All You Cowboys … Don't You Wanna Go? Annette Zilinskas 238

26 Ain't Love Grand John Doe 252

27 Shot Glass Full of Luck Terry Graham 264

28 Hardcore to Spoken Word: A Conversation with Henry Rollins John Doe 277

29 Everything Became Possible Allison Anders 290

30 Fallen Soldiers John Doe 302

31 Outro: We Work at Night John Doe 306

Acknowledgments 309

The Contributors 310

Index 317

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