Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk

Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk

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ISBN-13: 9781524703622
Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/26/2016
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

John Doe has worked as a roofer, an aluminum siding mechanic, a manager of poetry readings, a musician, and an actor. He met Exene Cervenka at the Venice poetry workshop in 1976 and started working with Billy Zoom around the same time. When DJ Bonebrake joined X in mid-1977, the lineup was complete. As one of the last original punk rock bands standing, they continue to tour, most recently with Blondie and Pearl Jam in front of stadium-sized crowds and audiences born after the band’s formation. He has recorded eight solo records with numerous renowned singers and musicians and as an actor has appeared in over fifty films and television productions, including Road HouseGreat Balls of FireBoogie Nights, and Roswell. He currently tours as both a solo artist and with X. Doe lives north of San Francisco.

Tom DeSavia is currently head of creative services for SONGS Music Publishing, and based in Los Angeles, California. Prior to joining SONGS, DeSavia did lengthy stints as both a publisher and record label A&R man, as well as many years running pop membership for ASCAP. He currently serves on the West Coast board of the Songwriter's Hall of Fame and previously served on the board of directors for both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). A native of Southern California, Tom began his career as a music journalist.

Table of Contents

Foreword Billie Joe Armstrong xi

Preface: Post-Apocalyptic Clowns Tom DeSavia xiii

Ch 1 Something's Happening Here John Doe 1

Ch 2 A Seamless Race Exene Cervenka 5

Ch 3 …a hundred lives are shoved inside John Doe 9

Ch 4 The Canterbury Tales Jane Wiedlin 13

Ch 5 A Nonstop Crazy Party Pleasant Gehman 31

Ch 6 Murphy Beds John Doe 53

Ch 7 You Better Shut Up and Listen Chris Morris 57

Ch 8 Acid, Meet Catholicism Tom DeSavia 74

Ch 9 Take My Picture … Tom DeSavia 79

Ch 10 So Young & Beautiful John Doe 91

Ch 11 Punk-Rock Teenage Heaven Robert Lopez aka El vez 95

Ch 12 Starry Nights in East LA Covarrubias/DeSavia 111

Ch 13 Go West, Co West, Co West John Doe 123

Ch 14 The Stucco-Coated Killing Field Henry Rollins 131

Ch 15 When It Came to Drugs John Doe 140

Ch 16 Punk as a Young Adult Chris D. 143

Ch 17 Stuff Gets Twisted Up Mike Watt 165

Ch 18 Unvarnished, Detailed, West Coast John Doe 183

Ch 19 The Almighty Song Charlotte Caffey 189

Ch 20 Sunglasses & Cool Cars John Doe 207

Ch 21 Descent Jack Grisham 209

Ch 22 No Slow Songs Tonight: 1979-1982 Dave Alvin 217

Ch 23 How to Build a New World Then Tear It Down Kristine McKenna 235

Ch 24 My Only Friend, The End John Doe 243

Acknowledgments 251

About the Authors 253

Permissions 259

Index 261

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