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I, Shithead- A Life In Punk
book128 (2004) Book - $18.00 - temp. unavailable
Joe Keithley, aka Joey Shithead, founded legendary punk pioneers D.O.A. in 1978. Punk kings who spread counterculture around the world, they've been cited as influences by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, Rancid, and The Offspring, and have toured with The Clash, The Ramones, The Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, Nirvana, PiL, Minor Threat, and others, and are the subject of two tribute albums.

But punk is more than a style of music: it's a political act, and D.O.A. have always had a social conscience, having performed in support of Greenpeace, women's rape/crisis centres, prisoner rights, and anti-nuke and anti-globalization organizations. Twenty-five years later D.O.A. can claim sales of more than 500,000 copies of their eleven albums and tours in thirty different countries, and they are still going strong.

I, Shithead is Joe's recollections of a life in punk, starting with a bunch of kids in Burnaby transfixed with the burgeoning punk movement, and traversing a generation disillusioned with the status quo: stories of riots, drinking, travelling, playing, and conquering all manner of obstacles through sheer determination. And through it all, Joe reveals that the famous D.O.A. slogan, talk - action = 0 is, for him, more than a soundbyte.

With an introduction by music producer Jack Rabid, publisher of seminal New York music magazine Big Takeover.

We are excited and proud to add Joey's book to our Punks In Print selection!

"Canada's contribution to the famed first wave of late-70s punk rock might have gone mostly unnoticed were it not for the revolting (in both popular senses of the word) comportment of career agitators and now-legendary politi-punk rock band D.O.A. Helming the anti-war ship through a tumultuous 25 years and, in their words, some "3,000 shows, 500,000 records sold, [and]...212,000 beers consumed," has been frontman and founder Joey "Shithead" Keithley. You'd be right in thinking he has a few stories to tell.

Applying the longstanding D.O.A. credo TALK-ACTION=0 to his literary aspirations, Keithley finally documents his band's hand in developing the more aggressive variant of North American punk called hardcore. Feeling breezily brief at 229 pages--a tribute to the author's no-frills, conversational writing style--Keithley limits his remembrances to hardcore's hey-day, from D.O.A.'s 1978 inception onward, concluding with the band's break-up in 1990 (though they reformed shortly thereafter and have continued on since). Keithley's powers of recall are almost forensic in their detail as he leads the reader, blow by blow, through a chronological catalogue of D.O.A.'s battles musical, personal, and political in more than 15 countries around the world. That said, one is left with the powerful suspicion that the grislier tidbits have been omitted out of an elder punk rock statesmen's sense of loyalty and decorum. The "code of the road" (i.e., what happens on the road, stays on the road) is definitely in effect. However, harrowing and hilarious by turns is Keithley's recounting of a backstage confrontation with The Clash that spilled onstage, a riot outside a gig in L.A. that was to forever change the complexion of punk in that city, and a nearly year-long tour with friends and contemporaries like Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, and Hüsker Dü that saw the band consolidate their place in the history of revolution rock...and that's only the tip of the mohawk."
- (Canada)



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