Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk (Paperback)
This collection of stories from the early days of LA punk rock, edited and compiled by John Doe of X and Tom DeSavia, is told from the points of view of many who were there, including musicians, writers, artists and scenesters You'll read about the Vex (always my favorite venue), of the many Latino punks, of the Plungers and the Wierdos, Claude Bessy and Philomena and Darby Crash, of course. . You'll want to read it if you were there (and maybe more if you were late to the party). Also available on CD and as a digital download, with essays read by many of the writers.— From Karen
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.
About the Author
John Doe, a founding member of groundbreaking punk band X, has recorded eight solo records and as an actor has appeared in over fifty films and television productions. Tom DeSavia is a long time record and music publishing A&R man based in Los Angeles, California. DeSavia began his music industry career as a journalist.