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John Doe with Tom DeSavia - Under The Big Black Sun book review

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Personal history of LA punk scene by co-founder of X, featuring contributions from other luminaries.

Despite its reverence for groups such as The Damned, The Slits and The Pistols, LA punk was different from UK punk. Whereas UK punk sought to cleave British rock history in two, function as an all-destroying blast, LA punk was more of a blast; it’s depicted in this volume of essays and reminiscences as a prolonged, wild party of oddballs of all races and sexual persuasions, disaffected by an FM rock scene but regarding themselves as in the tradition of groups like The Doors.

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