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More Fun In The New World: The Unmaking And Legacy Of L.A. Punk

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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 interna
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Da Capo Press/Perseus Books, LLC
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Joseph Spuckler
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: music, punk-rock
I moved, or more appropriately had military orders, to Camp Pendleton in 1982. This southern California Marine Corps base was my chance to experience the world whereThe Doors had lived and played in. Instead Oceanside, California and Los Angles were in full punk swing, and The Doors were a cultural has been. Safety pins, giant mohawks, and kids trading patches were the in thing. Weekend mornings one would find plenty of passed out punks on the beaches since Southern California lacked the squatte ...more
Brenda Perlin
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing

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“Seeds were thrown, for sure. What was essentially hiding in the shadows moved from a whisper to a scream.”

Tom DeSavia’s opening to More Fun In The New World, “We’re Having Much More Fun” is brilliant. And so is his voice on the audio book. I’d actually been reading the book while listening to the audiobook version simultaneously. Full impact!

“Mosh Pit Ubuists” by Tim Robbins is such a treat as a reader to get a little of his past history in his story and to learn how h
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Geoff Balme
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Firstly I’m an X fanatic. There are probably no bands with a better first four albums. How they managed to do than in so short a time and sound as fresh as the first time you heard them has as much to do with Billy Zooms licks as it does the touching lyrical power of Exene and John. Their songs have depth wonder and get you through the way great music should. It didn’t hurt that I fell in love with Exene and her brazen vulnerability. So powerful and so fragile, capturing your attention but herse ...more
Quentin Montemayor
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*audiobook review* As with anything beginnings are always better than ends. That extends to the L.A. punk scene. What’s interesting about this book is that it really documents the progression of where things went. Sometimes it’s really bizarre to see the connection with bands like Lone Justice. Jack Grisham’s chapter was poignant and sad. Rollins was great as always. Stories seems to just tumble out of him end over end. While I think the last book is a bit more fun, this book is really optimisti ...more
Jay Gabler
Jun 19, 2019 rated it liked it
This was never going to be a simple story; and the authors aren't looking to simplify it. As the '70s bled into the '80s, life for the stars of Penelope Spheeris's era-defining 1981 documentary The Decline of Western Civilization — bands like X, Black Flag, and Circle Jerks — was a mix of agony and ecstasy. They saw their L.A. scene evolve and transform, and one way to tell the story is that "hair metal won the L.A. Sunset Strip war."

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Jim
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A continuation of 2016’s Under the Big Black Sun, More Fun in the New World follows a similar structure as its predecessor. This time around, the focus is on what happened to the scene from 82-87, who the important bands were (and how they succeeded or failed) and the influence they had on other musicians in multiple genres, film, writing and even sports. More Fun in the New World does an excellent job connecting the themes laid out in the first book in explaining the importance and legacy and r ...more
Laura
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
This is a follow up to Under The Big Black Sun, and is also essays by Punk Rockers from the 80s L.A. scene, read by the artists in this audiobook. This one included a few people singing their songs acapella and some interviews, and also artists from other mediums from the time. It's a terrific way to learn about a time in music and culture, they're all really entertaining.
Joseph Norton
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Exceptional! I cannot say enough about this book. Just like its predecessor 'Under the Big Black Sun', an incredibly well done, informative and thoroughly entertaining read!
Greg
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book that captures the "second phase" of the punk scene in California and provides great linkage on inspiration of the overall culture...could not put it down!!
Steve
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I recommend this to anyone who likes west coast punk/roots music
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John Nommensen Duchac (born February 25, 1953), known professionally as John Doe, is an American singer, songwriter, actor, poet, guitarist and bass player. Doe co-founded LA punk band X, of which he is still an active member. His musical performances and compositions span rock, punk, country and folk music genres. As an actor, he has dozens of television appearances and several movies to his cred ...more