9780143113805

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

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    9780143113805

  • ISBN10:

    0143113801

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-09-29
  • Publisher: Penguin Group USA
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Summary

'WHEN PUNK BROKE IN THE BAY AREA, WITH THE CLAMOR AND THE RAGE, THE SEX AND THE SAFETY PINS, THE SOUND AND THE FURY, YOU WERE EITHER THERE OR YOU WEREN'T. IF YOU WERE THERE YOU'RE PROBABLY IN THIS BOOK. IF YOU WEREN'T YOU SHOULDN'T READ IT.'-DANIEL HANDLER, AUTHOR OF ADVERBSFROM THE ART-DAMAGE OF SAN FRANCISCO'S FAB MAB IN NORTH BEACH TO THE STILL VIBRANT ALL-AGES DIY-ETHOS OF BERKELEY'S GILMAN STREET, GIMME SOMETHING BETTER CHRONICLES OVER TWO DECADES OF BAY AREA PUNK, INCLUDING THE SEX PISTOLS' NOTORIOUS FINAL PERFORMANCE, JELLO BIAFRA'S BID FOR MAYOR, THE CREATION OF MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL, AND THE RISE OF THE EAST BAY POP-PUNK SOUND THAT TOOK THE WORLD BY STORM.THIS DEFINITIVE ORAL HISTORY EXPLORES THE MUSIC, PROGRESSIVE POLITICS, DIVINE DECADENCE, AND SMARTASS WIT OF BAY AREA PUNK THROUGH THE VOICES OF THOSE WHO WERE THERE - WITH MEMBERS OF DEAD KENNEDY'S AVENGERS, FLIPPER, MDC, GREEN DAY, RANCID, NOFX, AND AFI.'JACK BOULWARE AND SILKE TUDOR HAVE MANAGED TO DOCUMENT PUNK WITHOUT GETTING IT WRONG - WHICH PUTS THEM IN A CLASS OF ABOUT ONE PERCENT OF THE WRITERS ON THE SUBJECT. GIMME SOMETHING BETTER IS A GREAT READ, AND A GREAT SERVICE TO A SCENE THAT HAS MOSTLY BEEN UNDERREPORTED OR MISREPRESENTED.' - JESSE MICHAELS, OPERATION IVY'PART HILARIOUS, PART TOUCHING, DEEPLY RESEARCHED ORAL HISTORY.' - PENELOPE HOUSTON, THE AVENGERS'SOMETIMES IT WAS MORE OF A 'SCREWMENT' THEN A MOVEMENT, BUT THE BAY AREA PUNKS ALWAYS OFFERED UP SOME DAMN THING TO PUZZLE OR MARVEL OVER.' - IAN MACKAYE, FUGAZI AND MINOR THREAT

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. xiii
Prologue: Turds on the Runp. xv
I Gave My Punk Jacket to Rickiep. 3
Now I Wanna Sniff Some Gluep. 7
Baby, You're So Repulsivep. 9
Teenage Rebelp. 23
Giddyup Mutantsp. 31
Holidays in the Sunp. 36
You Are One of Our Lesser Audiencesp. 42
Kick Out the Jamsp. 55
Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetablesp. 64
No One's Listeningp. 96
Ha Ha Hap. 100
Beer-Drinking Brothers from Different Mothersp. 113
Thank You, Good Night, Get Outp. 119
We Are the Kings Nowp. 125
Better Living Through Chemistryp. 130
Grandma Rulep. 136
Blitzkrieg Bopp. 142
Gimme Something Betterp. 153
Berkeley Heathen Scump. 158
Dan with the Mello Hairp. 175
Goddamn Motherfucking Son of a Bitchp. 178
High Priest(s) of Harmful Matterp. 185
Mommy, Can I Go Out and Kill Tonight?p. 207
Beers, Steers and Queers: The Texas Invasionp. 210
Welcome to Paradisep. 222
Island of Misfit Toysp. 227
Crossoverp. 233
Let's Lynch the Landlordp. 240
Fucked Up Ronniep. 246
White Trash, Two Heebs and a Beanp. 255
A Chronology for Survivalp. 263
Sleep, What's That?p. 272
Journey to the End of the East Bayp. 280
10 Seconds of Anarchyp. 285
Two Blocks Awayp. 291
Ever Fallen in Lovep. 302
You Put Your Chocolate in My Peanut Butterp. 305
Ripped from the Headlinesp. 311
Rise Abovep. 321
All I Know Is What I Don't Knowp. 324
Unityp. 338
White Picket Fencep. 356
Up the Punks!p. 361
Going to Pasalacquap. 365
No Sleep 'Til Hammersmithp. 395
Runnin' Riotp. 403
Outpunkp. 408
My Boyfriend's a Pinheadp. 420
Shield Your Eyesp. 425
...And Out Come the Wolvesp. 429
I Wanna Get a Mohawk (But My Mom Won't Let Me Get One)p. 441
(I'm Not Your) Stepping Stonep. 449
Longviewp. 460
He Who Laughs Lastp. 463
Rock 'n' Roll High Schoolp. 466
Who's Whop. 471
Source Indexp. 485
Acknowledgmentsp. 491
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