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My First Time: A Collection of First Punk Show Stories [Paperback]

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Everyone remembers their first punk show...

Blake Schwarzenbach (Jawbreaker / Jets to Brazil)
"I wanted to live with Exene and have her read the Bible to me, but I wanted to sleep in Chavo's closet at the Black Flag church, under an American flag with cigarette burns in it. Lee Ving would be my uncle who would teach me about horse racing, and would let me drink one beer while we worked on his car."

Michelle Tea (Valencia / Rose of No Man's Land)
"The show at the Channel was full of boys. And none of them were wearing makeup. I thought the whole point of punk was to have a boyfriend who wore as much makeup as I did. We could kiss and it wouldn't be a big deal because our makeup would already be smeared."

Michael Azerrad (Our Band Could Be Your Life)
"In the middle of the set, John Belushi, from an obscure, late-night sketch comedy show on NBC, came up and played drums on 'Sonic Reducer.'"

Blag Dahlia (The Dwarves)
"I started talking to a girl I met outside the liquor store. She had a haircut that looked like a comma balanced on her head and a drunken scowl on her face. When her older boyfriend came out of the liquor store he told me to fuck off with a mouth that smelled like old carpeting moldering in a dumpster."

Russ Rankin (Good Riddance)
"As we were filing out of the club, I remember Rikk Agnew standing by the door shaking everybody's hands and, when he shook mine, I was struck with how awesome punk rock was and how there really didn't have to be any rock stars or separation between the bands and the audience."

"Youthful idealism is beautiful. No matter how silly or misguided they may end up being, the urgency and power that a group of humans with the same beliefs and ideas can harness, is intoxicating and infectious. I think that's what does it; that's what makes people invest their lives and take ownership of a scene, sub-culture or identity, even though they mature and inevitably change. It's about the ability to participate and build, rather than just plainly observe and accept, without question; it's about being in a place so intimate that just showing up makes you an integral part of the whole: knowing that without you it couldn't be the same, knowing you are connected. This book captures the very beginning of that process."—from the Introduction

The punk movement has permanently altered youth culture. Today's art, politics, and aesthetics wouldn't be the same without the hundreds of thousands of young people who have embraced punk over the last 30-odd years. What does each of these recruits have in common? They all remember their first time. Hear what it was like straight from the fanatics.

Whether it was Jawbreaker in Berkeley; Sick of it All in DC; The Dead Kennedys in Berkeley; The Dickies at CBGB's; Gang Green in Boston; the Ramones in Milwaukee; The Circle Jerks in the West Village—or Baltimore; Neurosis at Gilman Street; The Decline of Western Civilization in Venice; Fugazi in Chapel Hill; 7 Seconds in Sparks, NV; or their goofy friends at a party, these fans recount the inspiration, the embarrassment, and the redemption of their first time.

Contributors include: George Hurchalla, Harrison Haynes, Jack Rabid, Rob Fish, Joe Queer, Shawna Kenney, Chris Rest, Al Quint, Ben Sizemore, Boff Whalley, Shannon Stewart, Pete Slovenly, Paul Curran, Darren Walters, Scott Kelly, Jillian Lauren, Scott Bourne, and many, many more.

Chris Duncan is an Oakland-based artist, father, and aging punk. He remembers his first time.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   225
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.8" Width: 6" Height: 0.3"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2007
Publisher   AK Press
ISBN  1904859178  
ISBN13  9781904859178  

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A punk rock masterpiece!!!  Oct 4, 2007
To say that I love this book would really be a major understatement as it totally rocks!!! With essays by the likes of Boff Whalley, Michelle Tea, Ben Sizemore, and Joe Queer (to name but a few of the many awesome contributors), you know this is going to be an excellent anthology. While many great books on the subject of punk rock have been published in recent years, this is my personal favorite. Covering topics ranging from the straight edge subculture to gender relations in the punk scene, this fun, multi-generational collection of punk rock initiation stories (and photographs) really captures the rebellious spirit of this political and artistic movement. Indeed, anyone who has been out on the streets at any of the major global justice and anti-war demonstrations in recent years knows the enormous impact punk rock has had on shaping radical youth. As such, this book is a joyful tribute to the loud, angry, anti-authoritarian music that has politicized so many alienated teens. While I sadly cannot remember the first punk show I ever attended, I do remember how deeply liberating punk rock was for me as a young gay kid during the latter years of the dismal Cold War Reagan administration. I also remember all those awful crushes I had on other punk guys who were all tragically heterosexual! (This, of course, was way before the advent of queercore punk bands like Pansy Division). While nowadays I listen to far more folk music than punk, I like to think that I've maintained my commitment to the left libertarian DIY punk rock ethos. Not only does this book bring back a lot of wonderful memories for me, it makes me proud to still be a punk, albeit a rather crunchy one in Birkenstocks rather than combat boots! Thank you Chris Duncan for compiling these important stories, and thank you AK Press for publishing yet again another thought-provoking and empowering work.

p.s., if you enjoy this book, check out Craig O'Hara's "The Philosophy of Punk", as the two books compliment each other perfectly!


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