More Fun in the New World: The Unmaking and Legacy of L.A. Punk (Hardcover)

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I was working for a small independent record store chain in the 80s and early 90s when I was fortunate enough to interview the legendary John Doe for our newsletter.  We sat in the smoky basement of the 9:30 Club in DC for hours talking about music, horses, and the world.  The easy, generous nature I was lucky enough to enjoy that evening is present all over this collection of essays by and about the years of the L.A. punk scene from 1982 to 1987 in this follow up to the Grammy nominated bestseller Under the Big Black Sun.  Doe's face may grace the cover (against his protests, according to the introduction by co-author DeSavia), but the light shines equally on all the contributors to this collection: some famous, some you won't recognize even if you're a big fan of that era.  This is worth owning in both Libro.fm audio (for the music and narration) and hardback (for the pictures).  

 

— From Kelly

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Sequel to Grammy-nominated bestseller Under the Big Black Sun, continuing the up-close and personal account of the L.A. punk scene, with 50 rare photos

Picking up where Under the Big Black Sun left off, More Fun in the New World explores the years 1982 to 1987, covering the dizzying pinnacle of L.A.'s punk rock movement as its stars took to the national -- and often international -- stage. Detailing the eventual splintering of punk into various sub-genres, the second volume of John Doe and Tom DeSavia's west coast punk history portrays the rich cultural diversity of the movement and its characters, the legacy of the scene, how it affected other art forms, and ultimately influenced mainstream pop culture. The book also pays tribute to many of the fallen soldiers of punk rock, the pioneers who left the world much too early but whose influence hasn't faded.

As with Under the Big Black Sun, the book features stories of triumph, failure, stardom, addiction, recovery, and loss as told by the people who were influential in the scene, with a cohesive narrative from authors Doe and DeSavia. Along with many returning voices, More Fun in the New World weaves in the perspectives of musicians Henry Rollins, Fishbone, Billy Zoom, Mike Ness, Jane Weidlin, Keith Morris, Dave Alvin, Louis Pérez, Charlotte Caffey, Peter Case, Chip Kinman, Maria McKee, and Jack Grisham, among others. And renowned artist/illustrator Shepard Fairey, filmmaker Allison Anders, actor Tim Robbins, and pro-skater Tony Hawk each contribute chapters on punk's indelible influence on the artistic spirit.

In addition to stories of success, the book also offers a cautionary tale of an art movement that directly inspired commercially diverse acts such as Green Day, Rancid, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Wilco, and Neko Case. Readers will find themselves rooting for the purists of punk juxtaposed with the MTV-dominating rock superstars of the time who flaunted a "born to do this, it couldn't be easier" attitude that continued to fuel the flames of new music. More Fun in the New World follows the progression of the first decade of L.A. punk, its conclusion, and its cultural rebirth.

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.

Praise For…


NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, "BEST MUSIC BOOKS OF THE SUMMER"

AMAZON, "BEST BOOKS OF THE MONTH -- NONFICTION"

PASTE MAGAZINE, "BEST AUDIOBOOKS OF 2019"

AMAZON, "BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR SO FAR -- HUMOR & ENTERTAINMENT"


Product Details
ISBN: 9780306922121
ISBN-10: 0306922126
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication Date: June 4th, 2019
Pages: 336