Under the Big Black Sun

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Under the Big Black Sun Publisher's Summary

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. Authors John Doe and Tom DeSavia have woven together an enthralling story of the legendary West Coast scene from 1977 to 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. Additional authors include: Exene Cervenka (X), Henry Rollins (Black Flag), Mike Watt (The Minutemen), Jane Wiedlin and Charlotte Caffey (The Go-Go's), Dave Alvin (The Blasters), Chris D. (Flesh Eaters), Jack Grisham (T.S.O.L.), Teresa Covarrubias (The Brat), and Robert Lopez (The Zeros, El Vez) as well as scenesters and journalists Pleasant Gehman, Kristine McKenna, and Chris Morris. Through interstitial commentary, John Doe "narrates" this journey through the land of film noir sunshine, Hollywood back alleys, and suburban sprawl - the place where he met his artistic counterparts, Exene, DJ Bonebrake, and Billy Zoom - and formed X, the band that became synonymous with and in many ways defined L.A. punk.

Under the Big Black Sun shares stories of friendship and love, ambition and feuds, grandiose dreams and cultural rage, all combined with the tattered, glossy sheen of pop culture weirdness that epitomized the operations of Hollywood's underbelly. Listeners will travel to the clubs that defined the scene as well as to the street corners, empty lots, apartment complexes, and squats that served as de facto salons for the musicians, artists, and fringe players that hashed out what would become punk rock in Los Angeles.

©2016 John Doe and Tom Desavia (P)2016 Random House Audio
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  • Book 1

    • Under the Big Black Sun

    • A Personal History of L.A. Punk
    • By: John Doe, Tom Desavia
    • Narrated by: Exene Cervenka, Henry Rollins, full cast
    • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 516
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 470
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 467

    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. Authors John Doe and Tom DeSavia have woven together an enthralling story of the legendary West Coast scene from 1977 to 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A love song to the early punk days in LA.

    • By Brenda on 07-09-16

    Regular price: $28.00

  • Book 2

    • More Fun in the New World

    • The Unmaking and Legacy of L.A. Punk
    • By: John Doe, Tom Desavia
    • Narrated by: John Doe, Tom Desavia, Various
    • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 23

    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 LA'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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Inclusive look at the L.A. music scene

    • By Brenda on 06-08-19

    Regular price: $31.50