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Listen to Alex Ogg, author of Dead Kennedys explore the impact of the San Francisco Punk scene on DK and more!


Discussions of punk tend to focus on groups, like the Ramones, Sex Pistols, The Clash, and the punk scenes of New York, London, and Los Angeles. Punk, however, was a broader musical cultural movement and sprung up in multiple locations.

The Dead Kennedys hailed from the San Francisco punk scene and were important punk and cultural icons through the 1980s. In his new book, Dead Kennedys: Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables: The Early Years (PM Press, 2014), Alex Ogg examines the genesis of this seminal album and captures both the tension between the band members and the beautiful marriage of witty lyrics and musical virtuosity. In the podcast, we explore the San Francisco punk scene, the innovative nature of the Dead Kennedys, and their legacy.


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Randal Doane's Stealing All Transmissions receives Silver "IPPY" Award!


Randal Doane's Stealing All Transmissions: A Secret History of the Clash wins a Silver Independent Publisher Book Awards (the “IPPYs”) in the Pop Culture category.

Stealing is unlike anything else you’ve ever read about The Clash. The maneuvers by American radio DJs, music journalists, and record company execs are deftly woven into the band’s own story.”
—Barry "The Baker" Auguste, roadie for The Clash

Stealing is a must-read for music fans of all varieties, for it’s much more than a book about The Clash. With a captivating narrative and well-written prose, Stealing makes sense of what happened to free-form radio and the DIY ethic of punk, and deftly connects that history to the era of file-sharing and satellite radio. Don’t miss this book. Steal it if you must!”
—Michael Roberts, author of Tell Tchaikovsky the News: Rock ’n’ Roll, the Labor Question, and the Musicians’ Union, 1942–1968


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David Pilgrim, author of Understanding Jim Crow is interviewed on Confronting Hatred: 70 Years after the Holocaust

(David Pilgram's) Understanding Jim Crow introduces readers to the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia, a collection of more than ten thousand contemptible collectibles that are used to engage visitors in intense and intelligent discussions about race, race relations, and racism. The items are offensive. They were meant to be offensive. The items in the Jim Crow Museum served to dehumanize Blacks and legitimized patterns of prejudice, discrimination, and segregation.

Using racist objects as teaching tools seems counterintuitive—and, quite frankly, needlessly risky. Many Americans are already apprehensive discussing race relations, especially in settings where their ideas are challenged. The museum and this book exist to help overcome our collective trepidation and reluctance to talk about race.

 

 

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Dave Laing's One Chord Wonders reviewed in Spectrum Culture


"...Enriching this study, (David) Laing refutes the claim that most punks came from a working-class background. He compares their class and education to that of beat groups between 1963 and 1967, and he finds little difference in these categories. Such statistics deepen the value of this compact book. It may serve well in seminars or by scholars accordingly, as a critical contribution to Popular Music Studies.

Finally, Laing places punk within intellectual contexts. Benjamin and Adorno looked at Dada and at the “shock-effects” of radical art as predecessors to punk, in Laing’s estimation. Similarly, he ends with Barthes and Kristeva. They located within the avant-garde “the site of the return of the repressed.” Some punks embraced mid-1970s semiotic possibilities of confusion. Fragmenting, discontents chose other fashions, sartorial and musical, to emulate by the decade’s end. Diehards chose “anchored meanings” of mohawks, Oi! and slogans embroidered across leather jackets..."—John L Murphy, Spectrum Culture


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Looking for Freedom: A Celebration of the Music of Jon Fromer
SKU: 9781629631240
Looking for Freedom: A Celebration of the Music of Jon Fromer
Jon and Reed Fromer
This CD is a tribute to the San Francisco folk/blues artist whose soulful singing style and original songs about work, love, struggle, and triumph helped fuel movements for peace, human rights, and social justice.
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Songs of Freedom (CD)
SKU: 9781604868319
Songs of Freedom (CD)
The James Connolly Songs of Freedom Band
Far from the archival preservation of embalmed corpses, the inspired performance of a rocking band turns the timeless lyrics of James Connolly into timely manifestos for today’s young rebels.
$14.95


Starlight on the Rails: A Songbook
SKU: 9781604868326
Starlight on the Rails: A Songbook
Utah Phillips
Starlight on the Rails is the most complete collection of Utah’s songs ever released. Spanning 30 years of studio, live, and unreleased recordings this set includes Utah’s reflections about each song.
$39.95


The Liberty Tree: A Celebration of the Life and Writings of Thomas Paine
SKU: 9781604863390
The Liberty Tree: A Celebration of the Life and Writings of Thomas Paine
Leon Rosselson and Robb Johnson
A unique blend of words and music that reflect on Thomas Paine’s life and writings, connecting them to the challenges of the 21st century.
$20.00


The Mafia Principle of Global Hegemony (CD): The Middle East, Empire, and Activism
SKU: 9781604863048
The Mafia Principle of Global Hegemony (CD): The Middle East, Empire, and Activism
Noam Chomsky
The world’s most influential living intellectual, Noam Chomsky, holds forth on the root causes of the conflicts in the Middle East, and talks about hopes for future social change.
$14.95


The World Turned Upside Down: Rosselsongs 1960–2010
SKU: 9781604864984
The World Turned Upside Down: Rosselsongs 1960–2010
Leon Rosselson
The life and times of England’s greatest living songwriter are captured in a deluxe box set containing 72 songs on 4 CDs and an 80-page book.
$44.95


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