Gimme Something Better: The Profound, Progressive, and Occasionally Pointless History of Bay Area Punk from Dead Kennedys to Green Day

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Penguin, Sep 29, 2009 - Music - 512 pages
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An oral history of the modern punk-revival?s West Coast Birthplace

Outside of New York and London, California?s Bay Area claims the oldest continuous punk-rock scene in the world. Gimme Something Better brings this outrageous and influential punk scene to life, from the notorious final performance of the Sex Pistols, to Jello Biafra?s bid for mayor, the rise of Maximum RocknRoll magazine, and the East Bay pop-punk sound that sold millions around the globe. Throngs of punks, including members of the Dead Kennedys, Avengers, Flipper, MDC, Green Day, Rancid, NOFX, and AFI, tell their own stories in this definitive account, from the innovative art-damage of San Francisco?s Fab Mab in North Beach, to the still vibrant all-ages DIY ethos of Berkeley?s Gilman Street. Compiled by longtime Bay Area journalists Jack Boulware and Silke Tudor, Gimme Something Better chronicles more than two decades of punk music, progressive politics, social consciousness, and divine decadence, told by the people who made it happen.
 

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Review: Gimme Something Better: The Profound, Progressive, and Occasionally Pointless History of Bay Area Punk from Dead Kennedys to Green Day

User Review  - Mary Ann - Goodreads

Entertaining and informative, this book gives a great overview of the punk scene in the Bay Area which led to the rise of bands like Green Day, Rancid, and AFI. Because of its oral history format ... Read full review

Review: Gimme Something Better: The Profound, Progressive, and Occasionally Pointless History of Bay Area Punk from Dead Kennedys to Green Day

User Review  - Bill - Goodreads

I absolutely loved this book: it appeals to my love of punk, my love of the Bay Area, and my love of the written word. Told firsthand by the people that lived in the scene, this account covers all the ... Read full review

Contents

SHOOTING THE SHIT
SINGERS TRIAL ON NUDITY IN ALBUM BEGINS TODAY
220000 IN DAMAGES ORDERED
Baby Youre So Repulsive
Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables
Gimme Something Better
Welcome to Paradise
You Put Your Chocolate in My Peanut Butter
Copyright

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Jack Boulware came to San Francisco in the eighties as a wide-eyed innocent and lived to tell the tale, writing about the city for "San Francisco Weekly, The New York Times Magazine, "and the "Washington Post, "among others. He is also the author of "Sex, American Style "and on the organizing committee of Litstock, a free festival of readings by San Francisco writers.

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