From John Doe, the founding member of the groundbreaking punk band X and Tom DeSavia, longtime record and music publishing A&R executive, comes the long-awaited sequel to the Grammy-nominated bestseller Under the Big Black Sun. MORE FUN IN THE NEW WORLD: The Unmaking and Legacy of L.A. Punk (on sale 6/4/19) continues the up-close and personal account of the L.A. punk scene, with 50 rare photos, and 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 international stage.
MORE FUN IN THE NEW WORLD features stories of triumph, failure, stardom, addiction, recovery, and loss as told by the people who were influential in the scene, detailing the eventual splintering of punk into various subgenres and the rich cultural diversity of the movement, its characters, its effect on other art forms and its influence on mainstream pop culture. Along with many returning voices, MORE FUN IN THE NEW WORLD weaves in the perspectives of musicians Henry Rollins, Angelo Moore and Norwood Fisher (Fishbone), Billy Zoom, Mike Ness, Jane Wiedlin, Keith Morris, Dave Alvin, Louie 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. Many of whom are included in the audiobook version also released via Penguin Random House Audio on June 4, 2019.
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.
See and hear the stories behind the book at the below exclusive events – special guests at each to be announced shortly…
Tuesday, June 4 – Los Angeles, CA – GRAMMY Museum @ 7pm
Wednesday, June 5 – Los Angeles, CA – Largo @ 7pm
Thursday, June 6 – San Francisco – City Lights Bookstore @ 7pm
Saturday, June 8 – Oakland, CA – 1-2-3-4 Go! Records @12:30pm
Corte Madera, CA – Book Passage @ 4:30pm
Tuesday, June 11 – Portland, OR – Music Millennium @ 7pm
Wednesday, June 12 – Seattle, WA – Elliott Bay Time TBA
Sunday June 16 – New York, NY – City Winery @ 5pm
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
John Doe, a founding member of groundbreaking punk band X, has recorded ten 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 executive based in Los Angeles, California. DeSavia began his music industry career as a journalist.