John Doe with Nicole Brodeur
One of our favorite 2016 events was an appearance by John Doe, legendary Los Angeles musician and co-founder of the band, X, who traveled here to speak about, Under the Big Black Sun, an oral history of the birth and beginnings of L.A.’s punk rock movement. He returns today with a follow up, More Fun in the New World: The Unmaking and Legacy of L.A. Punk (DaCapo), co-written once again by Tom Desalva, which picks up the story in 1982, as punk splinters into subgenres and begins to have a wider affect art and pop culture.
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. 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. Yes, like Under the Big Black Sun, this book is available in print, ebook and audio versions. Ebooks and digital audio downloads are available, like most other books, via the Elliott Bay website.
John Doe will appear in conversation with Seattle Times columnist Nicole Brodeur. Don’t miss this!