JOHN DOE, bassist of L.A. punk legends X, is one of the co-authors of a new book offering a ‘personal history’ of the city’s nascent punk scene.

Under The Big Black Sun features the reminiscences of Doe and journalist and former record company A&R man Tom DeSavia alongside a roll-call of punk luminaries such as X frontwoman Exene Cervenka, Jane Wiedlin and Charlotte Caffey of THE GO-GOS, Henry Rollins, Mike Watt, THE BLASTERS’ Dave Alvin, El Vez aka Robert Lopez, Jack Grisham of T.S.O.L and numerous other journos and scenesters.

Bands featured in the book include BALCK FLAG, MINUTEMEN, GERMS, THE SCREAMERS, NEGATIVE TREND, LOS LOBOS, THE GUN CLUB, THE WEIRDOS, THE ZEROS, THE PLUGZ, CIRCLE JERKS and more. The book also includes a foreword by GREEN DAY’s Billie Joe Armstrong.

Under The Big Black Sun is available in hardcover now from Da Capo Press.

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