Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk

Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: April 2016

Duration: 7 hours 20 minutes

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 1977-1982 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), 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. Readers 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.

Cast of Narrators:
Dave Alvin
Billie Joe Armstrong
Charlotte Caffey
Exene Cervenka
Teresa Covarrubias
Chris D.
Tom DeSavia
John Doe
Pleasant Gehman
Jack Grisham
Robert Lopez (aka El Vez)
Kristine McKenna
Chris Morris
Henry Rollins
Mike Watt
Jane Wiedlin

Music Credits:
All songs performed by X. ©John Doe & Exene Cervenka. Used with permission.
Lockwood Valley Music, admin by Pacific Electric Music Publishing / Grosso Modo Music / Penny Farthing Music (ASCAP)

"We're Desperate"
"Your Phone's off the Hook (But You're Not)"
"I'm Coming Over"
"The Unheard Music"
"Nausea"
"White Girl"
Performed by X. From the album Live 1980

"The Worlds a Mess (It's In My Kiss)"
"Los Angeles"
Performed by X. From the film X: The Unheard Music
"The World's A Mess and Los Angeles" from 'The Unheard Music', directed by W. T. Morgan, used with permission by Angel City Media, LLC.

"Because I Do" X
Studio Rehearsal
Performed by X. ©John Doe & Exene Cervenka. Used with permission. - See more at: http://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/546074/under-the-big-black-sun/#sthash.AH8vp5n5.dpuf

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  • robert davis

    Awesome book! Great read by the players.

  • Robin Goodrich

    Loved it! Very entertaining.

  • Dina Stark

    Any fan of X and LA punk will love listening to these amazing iconoclastic artists rehashing the time that changed the LA scene. I only wish I would have been 10 years older during this time. I would have been there in the action.