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

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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 Rock'n'Roll 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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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.

About the Author

Jack Boulware is the author of San Francisco Bizarro, and was a columnist at SF Weekly throughout the 1990s. His writing has appeared in many publications including The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Playboy and Mojo.

Silke Tudor was born in the Bay Area and reared on punk. She was a columnist at SF Weekly and the Village Voice.

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Christin, August 11, 2012 (view all comments by Christin)
So, so good! The structure of this book is that of a round table-type discussion of the history of punk in a more or less chronological fashion with each chapter focusing on one sort of subject (a particular band, or squat, or club, or zine, or whatever). The authors interviewed tons of people and they’ll take a couple sentences or paragraph from various interviews that pertain to whatever subject that chapter is covering, so the overall effect is that you’ve got a ton of people in one room reminiscing about all these crazy, amazing things that happened. The chapter on Green Day was surprisingly positive, which made me happy because they’re one of my favorite bands of all time. And while there were various debates about what/who is punk or who sold out or whatever, which I found unspeakably tedious and pointless even back when I was deeply invested in the punk scene, thankfully there are far, far more interesting discussions that take up the majority of the pages.

This was fun! I'm so overwhelmed with nostalgia now!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143113805
Author:
Silke Tudor and Jack Boulware
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Tudor, Silke
Author:
Boulware, Jack
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Punk
Subject:
Punk rock musicians - California -
Subject:
Punk rock music - California -
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
MUSIC / Punk
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20090931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w photos throughout
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
8.30x5.48x1.10 in. .95 lbs.
Age Level:
17-17

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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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