Under the Big Black Sun

Under the Big Black Sun
Author: John Doe,Tom DeSavia
Publsiher: Da Capo Press
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2016-04-26
ISBN 10: 0306824094
ISBN 13: 9780306824098
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Under the Big Black Sun Book Review:

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.

Under the Big Black Sun

Under the Big Black Sun
Author: John Doe,Tom DeSavia
Publsiher:
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2016-04-26
ISBN 10: 0306824086
ISBN 13: 9780306824081
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Under the Big Black Sun Book Review:

An up-close and personal account of the L.A. punk scene, told by those who were there, with 50 rare photos

Under the Big Black Sun

Under the Big Black Sun
Author: John Doe,Tom DeSavia
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2016-04-26
ISBN 10: 0306824094
ISBN 13: 9780306824098
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Under the Big Black Sun Book Review:

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.

Under the Big Black Sun

Under the Big Black Sun
Author: Paul Schimmel
Publsiher: Prestel Pub
Total Pages: 312
Release: 2011
ISBN 10: 9783791351391
ISBN 13: 3791351397
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Under the Big Black Sun Book Review:

Published to accompany an exhibition held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Oct. 3, 2011-Feb. 13, 2012.

More Fun in the New World

More Fun in the New World
Author: John Doe,Tom DeSavia
Publsiher: Da Capo Press
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2019-06-04
ISBN 10: 0306922118
ISBN 13: 9780306922114
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


More Fun in the New World Book Review:

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.

Black Sun

Black Sun
Author: Owen Matthews
Publsiher: Anchor
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2020-06-23
ISBN 10: 0525436111
ISBN 13: 9780525436119
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Black Sun Book Review:

A thrilling debut set at the height--and in the heart--of Soviet power, with intricately plotted machinations, secrets and surveillance, corrupt politicos and puppet masters in the Politburo, and one devastating weapon. It is the dawn of the 1960s. In order to investigate the gruesome death of a brilliant young physicist, KGB officer Major Alexander Vasin must leave Moscow for Arzamas-16, a top secret research city that does not appear on any map. There he comes up against the brightest, most cutthroat brain trust in Russia who, on the orders of Nikita Khrushchev himself, are building a nuclear weapon with 3,800 times the destructive potential of the Hiroshima bomb. RDS-220 is a project of such vital national importance that, unlike everyone else in the Soviet Union, the scientists of Arzamas-16 are free to think and act, live and love as they wish, so long as they complete the project and prove to their capitalist enemies that the USSR now commands the heights of nuclear supremacy.

Kids of the Black Hole

Kids of the Black Hole
Author: Dewar MacLeod
Publsiher: University of Oklahoma Press
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2012-10-09
ISBN 10: 0806183403
ISBN 13: 9780806183404
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Kids of the Black Hole Book Review:

Los Angeles rock generally conjures memories of surf music, The Doors, or Laurel Canyon folkies. But punk? L.A.'s punk scene, while not as notorious as that of New York City, emerged full-throated in 1977 and boasted bands like The Germs, X, and Black Flag. This book explores how, in the land of the Beach Boys, punk rock took hold. As a teenager, Dewar MacLeod witnessed firsthand the emergence of the punk subculture in Southern California. As a scholar, he here reveals the origins of an as-yet-uncharted revolution. Having combed countless fanzines and interviewed key participants, he shows how a marginal scene became a "mass subculture" that democratized performance art, and he captures the excitement and creativity of a neglected episode in rock history. Kids of the Black Hole tells how L.A. punk developed, fueled by youth unemployment and alienation, social conservatism, and the spare landscape of suburban sprawl communities; how it responded to the wider cultural influences of Southern California life, from freeways to architecture to getting high; and how L.A. punks borrowed from their New York and London forebears to create their own distinctive subculture. Along the way, MacLeod not only teases out the differences between the New York and L.A. scenes but also distinguishes between local styles, from Hollywood's avant-garde to Orange County's hardcore. With an intimate knowledge of bands, venues, and zines, MacLeod cuts to the heart of L.A. punk as no one has before. Told in lively prose that will satisfy fans, Kids of the Black Hole will also enlighten historians of American suburbia and of youth and popular culture.

We Got the Neutron Bomb

We Got the Neutron Bomb
Author: Marc Spitz,Brendan Mullen
Publsiher: Crown Archetype
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2010-05-05
ISBN 10: 9780307566249
ISBN 13: 0307566242
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


We Got the Neutron Bomb Book Review:

Taking us back to late ’70s and early ’80s Hollywood—pre-crack, pre-AIDS, pre-Reagan—We Got the Neutron Bomb re-creates word for word the rage, intensity, and anarchic glory of the Los Angeles punk scene, straight from the mouths of the scenesters, zinesters, groupies, filmmakers, and musicians who were there. “California was wide-open sex—no condoms, no birth control, no morality, no guilt.” —Kim Fowley “The Runaways were rebels, all of us were. And a lot of people looked up to us. It helped a lot of kids who had very mediocre, uneventful, unhappy lives. It gave them something to hold on to.” —Cherie Currie “The objective was to create something for our own personal satisfaction, because everything in our youthful and limited opinion sucked, and we knew better.” —John Doe “The Masque was like Heaven and Hell all rolled into one. It was a bomb shelter, a basement. It was so amazing, such a dive ... but it was our dive.” —Hellin Killer “At least fifty punks were living at the Canterbury. You’d walk into the courtyard and there’d be a dozen different punk songs all playing at the same time. It was an incredible environment.” —Belinda Carlisle Assembled from exhaustive interviews, We Got the Neutron Bomb tells the authentically gritty stories of bands like the Runaways, the Germs, X, the Screamers, Black Flag, and the Circle Jerks—their rise, their fall, and their undeniable influence on the rock ’n’ roll of today.

Baloney and Friends

Baloney and Friends
Author: Greg Pizzoli
Publsiher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Total Pages: 96
Release: 2020-04-21
ISBN 10: 1368061729
ISBN 13: 9781368061728
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Baloney and Friends Book Review:

Three-time Theodor Seuss Geisel Award recipient Greg Pizzoli launches a full-color graphic novel series about four funny friends that Dav Pilkey declares "will inspire young readers to write and draw their own stories"! Meet Baloney! He's the star of this book, along with his best buddies: empathetic Peanut the horse, sensible Bizz the bumblebee, and grumpy Krabbit -- he'd rather not be here, but what can you do? In this graphic novel for newly independent readers, Baloney and friends step into the spotlight and embody all the charm of childhood in three short tales and three mini-comics that invite readers to join the fun! Giggle with Baloney as he performs some questionable magic, give him a boost when a case of the blues gets him down, cheer him on as he braves the swimming pool, and at the end, learn to draw all the characters with clear step-by-step instructions! "A sure bet for Elephant and Piggie fans who are ready for the next step up or want to make the move to comics."--Booklist "Kids will gobble up Baloney!"--Ben Clanton, creator of Narwhal and Jelly series "Porcine-ly-perfect"--Laurie Keller, Geisel Award-winning author of We Are Growing!

The Big Black Book

The Big Black Book
Author: N.A
Publsiher:
Total Pages: 496
Release: 1998
ISBN 10: 9780887231711
ISBN 13: 0887231713
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


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The Hard Stuff

The Hard Stuff
Author: Wayne Kramer
Publsiher: Da Capo Press
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2018-08-14
ISBN 10: 0306921537
ISBN 13: 9780306921537
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


The Hard Stuff Book Review:

Wayne Kramer, legendary guitarist and cofounder of Detroit proto-punk band The MC5, shares the chaos, triumphs, and struggles of a revolutionary life in this "engaging" tell-all memoir (Rolling Stone). In January 1969, before the world heard a note of their music, The MC5 was on the cover of Rolling Stone. The missing link between free jazz and punk rock, they were raw, primal, and, when things were clicking, absolutely unstoppable. Led by legendary guitarist Wayne Kramer, The MC5 was a reflection of the times: exciting, sexy, violent, chaotic, and out of control, all but assuring their time in the spotlight would be short-lived. They toured the country, played with music legends, and had a rabid following, their music acting as the soundtrack to the blue collar youth movement springing up across the nation. Kramer wanted to redefine what a rock 'n' roll group was capable of, and there was power in reaching for that, but it was also a recipe for disaster, both personally and professionally. The band recorded three major label albums but, by 1972, it was all over. Kramer's story is (literally) a revolutionary one, but it's also the deeply personal struggle of an addict and an artist, a rebel with a great tale to tell. The '60s were not all peace and love, but Kramer shows that peace and love can be born out of turbulence and unrest. From the glory days of Detroit to the junk-sick streets of the East Village, from Key West to Nashville and sunny L.A., in and out of prison and on and off of drugs, his is the classic journeyman narrative, but with a twist: he's here to remind us that revolution is always an option.

My Damage

My Damage
Author: Keith Morris
Publsiher: Da Capo Press
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2016-08-30
ISBN 10: 0306824078
ISBN 13: 9780306824074
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


My Damage Book Review:

Keith Morris is a true punk icon. No one else embodies the sound of Southern Californian hardcore the way he does. With his waist-length dreadlocks and snarling vocals, Morris is known the world over for his take-no-prisoners approach on the stage and his integrity off of it. Over the course of his forty-year career with Black Flag, the Circle Jerks, and OFF!, he's battled diabetes, drug and alcohol addiction, and the record industry...and he's still going strong. My Damage is more than a book about the highs and lows of a punk rock legend. It's a story from the perspective of someone who has shared the stage with just about every major figure in the music industry and has appeared in cult films like The Decline of Western Civilization and Repo Man. A true Hollywood tale from an L.A. native, My Damage reveals the story of Morris's streets, his scene, and his music-as only he can tell it.

Punk Rock

Punk Rock
Author: John Robb
Publsiher: PM Press
Total Pages: 576
Release: 2012-12-01
ISBN 10: 1604860057
ISBN 13: 9781604860054
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Punk Rock Book Review:

Vibrant and volatile, the punk scene left an extraordinary legacy of music and cultural change, and this work talks to those who cultivated the movement, weaving together their accounts to create a raw and unprecedented oral history of punk in the United Kingdom. From the Clash, Crass, Henry Rollins, and John Lydon to the Sex Pistols, the Stranglers, and the Buzzcocks, this reference features more than 150 interviews that encapsulate the most thrilling wave of rock and roll pop culture ever seen. Ranging from its widely debated roots in the late 1960s to its enduring influence on modern bands, fashion, and culture, this history brings to life the energy and anarchy as no other book has done.

Smash!

Smash!
Author: Ian Winwood
Publsiher: Da Capo Press
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2018-11-20
ISBN 10: 0306902737
ISBN 13: 9780306902734
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Smash! Book Review:

A group biography of '90s punk rock told through the prism of Green Day, The Offspring, NOFX, Rancid, Bad Religion, Social Distortion, and more Two decades after the Sex Pistols and the Ramones birthed punk music into the world, their artistic heirs burst onto the scene and changed the genre forever. While the punk originators remained underground favorites and were slow burns commercially, their heirs shattered commercial expectations for the genre. In 1994, Green Day and The Offspring each released their third albums, and the results were astounding. Green Day's Dookie went on to sell more than 15 million copies and The Offspring's Smash remains the all-time bestselling album released on an independent label. The times had changed, and so had the music. While many books, articles, and documentaries focus on the rise of punk in the '70s, few spend any substantial time on its resurgence in the '90s. Smash! will be the first to do so, detailing the circumstances surrounding the shift in '90s music culture away from grunge and legitimizing what many first-generation punks regard as post-punk, new wave, and generally anything but true punk music. With astounding access to all the key players of the time, including members of Green Day, The Offspring, NOFX, Rancid, Bad Religion, Social Distortion, and many others, renowned music writer Ian Winwood will at last give this significant, substantive, and compelling story its due. Punk rock bands were never truly successful or indeed truly famous, and that was that--until it wasn't. Smash! is the story of how the underdogs finally won and forever altered the landscape of mainstream music.

Wicked As Sin (One-Mile and Brea, Part One)

Wicked As Sin (One-Mile and Brea, Part One)
Author: Shayla Black
Publsiher: Shelley Bradley LLC
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2020-03-03
ISBN 10: 193659658X
ISBN 13: 9781936596584
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Wicked As Sin (One-Mile and Brea, Part One) Book Review:

Finally!! The Wicked Lovers and Devoted Lovers worlds collide in epic fashion with the start of a NEW Wicked & Devoted series, steeped in the steamy, angsty romance you don’t want to miss. He’s ruthless. She’s off-limits. But he’s just met his one weakness… Now nothing will stop him from making her his. Pierce “One-Mile” Walker has always kept his heart under wraps and his head behind his sniper’s scope. Nothing about buttoned-up Brea Bell should appeal to him. But after a single glance at the pretty preacher’s daughter, he doesn’t care that his past is less than shiny, that he gets paid to end lives…or that she’s his teammate’s woman. He'll do whatever it takes to steal her heart. Brea has always been a dutiful daughter and a good girl…until she meets the dangerous warrior. He’s everything she shouldn’t want, especially after her best friend introduces her to his fellow operative as his girlfriend—to protect her from Pierce. But he’s a forbidden temptation she’s finding impossible to resist. Then fate strikes, forcing Brea to beg Pierce to help solve a crisis. But his skills come at a price. When her innocent flirtations run headlong into his obsession, they cross the line into a passion so fiery she can’t say no. Soon, his past rears its head and a vendetta calls his name in a mission gone horribly wrong. Will he survive to fight his way back to the woman who claimed his soul?

Disco's Out...Murder's In!

Disco's Out...Murder's In!
Author: Heath Mattioli,David Spacone
Publsiher: Feral House
Total Pages: 230
Release: 2015-10-19
ISBN 10: 1627310231
ISBN 13: 9781627310239
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Disco's Out...Murder's In! Book Review:

Famous for its revolutionary aspects in musical, political, sexual identity and consumerist ideas, punk rock also has its lesser-known gangster ethos as well, explained here by players in the various punk gangs. The Los Angeles, Orange County, and South Bay punk scenes, populated by blue collar kids who responded to the violence and aggression of punk songs and shows. A number of them formed punk gangs that got into beatings, drug dealing and murder. Among them, no gang was more notorious than La Mirada Punks, or LMP. Says LMP chieftain Frank the Shank after getting arrested by police for murder: "After having my hands in so much bloodshed over the years, I most certainly had it coming. I deserved whatever I got." Unexpectedly Frank was bailed out from prison by his father's friend, a mob gangster. "Too many people died at the hands of punk rock violence," said Frank. "I got lucky, some didn't. As an ultra-violent punk rock gangster, I admit my part in ruining the scene. L.A. punk was a magical moment of youth expression like no other. And the gangs ruined punk rock. I still have people telling me today that they quit punk because of LMP. I dig graves at a small cemetery just outside Los Angeles. What else would you expect for Frank the Shank?" Cover illustration by the renowned Raymond Pettibon.

Supernormal Stimuli: How Primal Urges Overran Their Evolutionary Purpose

Supernormal Stimuli: How Primal Urges Overran Their Evolutionary Purpose
Author: Deirdre Barrett
Publsiher: W. W. Norton & Company
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2010-02-22
ISBN 10: 9780393077339
ISBN 13: 0393077330
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Supernormal Stimuli: How Primal Urges Overran Their Evolutionary Purpose Book Review:

A Harvard psychologist explains how our once-helpful instincts get hijacked in our garish modern world. Our instincts—for food, sex, or territorial protection— evolved for life on the savannahs 10,000 years ago, not in today’s world of densely populated cities, technological innovations, and pollution. We now have access to a glut of larger-than-life objects, from candy to pornography to atomic weapons—that gratify these gut instincts with often-dangerous results. Animal biologists coined the term “supernormal stimuli” to describe imitations that appeal to primitive instincts and exert a stronger pull than real things, such as soccer balls that geese prefer over eggs. Evolutionary psychologist Deirdre Barrett applies this concept to the alarming disconnect between human instinct and our created environment, demonstrating how supernormal stimuli are a major cause of today’s most pressing problems, including obesity and war. However, Barrett does more than show how unfettered instincts fuel dangerous excesses. She also reminds us that by exercising self-control we can rein them in, potentially saving ourselves and civilization.

Archie Goes Home

Archie Goes Home
Author: Robert Goldsborough
Publsiher: Open Road Media
Total Pages: 250
Release: 2020-05-19
ISBN 10: 1504059875
ISBN 13: 9781504059879
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Archie Goes Home Book Review:

Archie Goodwin leaves Manhattan for the Midwest to find out who put a bullet into a banker. Archie Goodwin’s aunt Edna is about to lure him away from his work at Nero Wolfe’s New York brownstone. After a phone call, he heads off to Ohio, where the president of Farmer’s State Bank and Trust, an elderly widower, has died in an apparent suicide. But Archie’s aunt has expressed nagging suspicions—which only grow stronger when someone takes a shot at a local reporter who wrote about the case. It wouldn’t be a small town without some gossip, and Archie soon hears the whispers: romantic intrigues, a possible paternity case, a ruined business. While reconnecting with his aging mother—and fending off his nagging aunt—Archie tries to untangle a web of grudges, scandals, and murder. From Nero Award winner Robert Goldsborough, this is a brand-new novel in the series created by Rex Stout, starring one of the world’s most beloved detectives and his equally engaging sidekick. Archie Goes Home is the 15th book in the Nero Wolfe Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.

Economic Inequality

Economic Inequality
Author: Coral Celeste Frazer
Publsiher: Twenty-First Century Books (CT)
Total Pages: 128
Release: 2018
ISBN 10: 1512431079
ISBN 13: 9781512431070
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Economic Inequality Book Review:

Millions of Americans don't earn enough money to pay for decent housing, food, health care, and education. Meanwhile the rich keep getting richer. Learn how governments, businesses, and citizens are fighting to close the economic gap.

Beastie Boys Book

Beastie Boys Book
Author: Michael Diamond,Adam Horovitz
Publsiher:
Total Pages: 590
Release: 2018
ISBN 10: 0812995546
ISBN 13: 9780812995541
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Beastie Boys Book Book Review:

"A panoramic experience that tells the story of Beastie Boys ... by band members ADROCK and Mike D"--Provided by publisher.