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

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

by John Doe, Tom DeSavia

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Overview

Under the Big Black Sun explores the nascent Los Angeles punk rock movement and its evolution to hardcore punk as it's never been told before. John Doe of the legendary band X and co-author Tom DeSavia have woven together an enthralling story of the legendary West Coast scene from 1977-1982 by enlisting the voices of people who were there. The book shares chapter-length tales from the authors along with personal essays from famous (and infamous) players in the scene. Through interstitial commentary, John Doe "narrates" this journey through the land of film noir sunshine, Hollywood back alleys, and suburban sprawl. Illustrated with 50 rare photos, this is the story of the art that was born under the big black sun.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306825330
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 04/25/2017
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 154,251
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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.

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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