My First Time: A Collection of First Punk Show Stories

My First Time A Collection of First Punk Show Stories Everyone remembers their first punk showBlake Schwarzenbach Jawbreaker Jets to Brazil I wanted to live with Exene and have her read the Bible to me but I wanted to sleep in Chavo s closet at the Blac

  • Title: My First Time: A Collection of First Punk Show Stories
  • Author: Chris Duncan
  • ISBN: 9781904859178
  • Page: 213
  • Format: Paperback
  • Everyone remembers their first punk showBlake Schwarzenbach Jawbreaker Jets to Brazil I wanted to live with Exene and have her read the Bible to me, but I wanted to sleep in Chavo s closet at the Black Flag church, under an American flag with cigarette burns in it Lee Ving would be my uncle who would teach me about horse racing, and would let me drink one beer whilEveryone remembers their first punk showBlake Schwarzenbach Jawbreaker Jets to Brazil I wanted to live with Exene and have her read the Bible to me, but I wanted to sleep in Chavo s closet at the Black Flag church, under an American flag with cigarette burns in it Lee Ving would be my uncle who would teach me about horse racing, and would let me drink one beer while we worked on his car Michelle Tea Valencia Rose of No Man s Land The show at the Channel was full of boys And none of them were wearing makeup I thought the whole point of punk was to have a boyfriend who wore as much makeup as I did We could kiss and it wouldn t be a big deal because our makeup would already be smeared Michael Azerrad Our Band Could Be Your Life In the middle of the set, John Belushi, from an obscure, late night sketch comedy show on NBC, came up and played drums on Sonic Reducer Blag Dahlia The Dwarves I started talking to a girl I met outside the liquor store She had a haircut that looked like a comma balanced on her head and a drunken scowl on her face When her older boyfriend came out of the liquor store he told me to fuck off with a mouth that smelled like old carpeting moldering in a dumpster Russ Rankin Good Riddance As we were filing out of the club, I remember Rikk Agnew standing by the door shaking everybody s hands and, when he shook mine, I was struck with how awesome punk rock was and how there really didn t have to be any rock stars or separation between the bands and the audience Youthful idealism is beautiful No matter how silly or misguided they may end up being, the urgency and power that a group of humans with the same beliefs and ideas can harness, is intoxicating and infectious I think that s what does it that s what makes people invest their lives and take ownership of a scene, sub culture or identity, even though they mature and inevitably change It s about the ability to participate and build, rather than just plainly observe and accept, without question it s about being in a place so intimate that just showing up makes you an integral part of the whole knowing that without you it couldn t be the same, knowing you are connected This book captures the very beginning of that process from the IntroductionThe punk movement has permanently altered youth culture Today s art, politics, and aesthetics wouldn t be the same without the hundreds of thousands of young people who have embraced punk over the last 30 odd years What does each of these recruits have in common They all remember their first time Hear what it was like straight from the fanatics.Whether it was Jawbreaker in Berkeley Sick of it All in DC The Dead Kennedys in Berkeley The Dickies at CBGB s Gang Green in Boston the Ramones in Milwaukee The Circle Jerks in the West Village or Balti Neurosis at Gilman Street The Decline of Western Civilization in Venice Fugazi in Chapel Hill 7 Seconds in Sparks, NV or their goofy friends at a party, these fans recount the inspiration, the embarrassment, and the redemption of their first time.Contributors include George Hurchalla, Harrison Haynes, Jack Rabid, Rob Fish, Joe Queer, Shawna Kenney, Chris Rest, Al Quint, Ben Size, Boff Whalley, Shannon Stewart, Pete Slovenly, Paul Curran, Darren Walters, Scott Kelly, Jillian Lauren, Scott Bourne, and many, many .Chris Duncan is an Oakland based artist, father, and aging punk He remembers his first time.

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  • I will admit it, guys: There is not a lot I love more in the world than stories about How Punk Rock Saved My Life, and this book has many such stories. Most of them are pretty short, only a page or two, and they’re mostly by people who Do Stuff in punk. They’re in bands (Blag Dalia, John Poddy, Blake Schwarzenbach) or they write books (Michael Azerrad, Chris Walter, George Hurchella), something like that, but some of my favorite ones are by regular joes.For example, I love the one by Anna Ka [...]


  • I do wish that you had been able to include more show memories from people (like me) who were involved in Punk in the South. Knoxville had a thriving underground music scene, as did places like Athens GA, Lexington KY, Richmond VA, and Columbia SC among others, and the "big" bands came through and played shows in Dixie. Other than that, great book.


  • Easy read. Most stories were basically the same but the following really stood out: Daren Walters, Steven Sciscenti, and Craigums. Makes me nostalgic for my first show.


  • Pete was nice enough to pick this up for me at Ameoba Records while I attended the conference that brought us to San Fran. This was supposed be a zine but wound up in book format. It allowed me to reminisce about being a kid in NY in the late 80's and all the trips we'd make to CBGB's to see 5 bands for $5 on Sunday afternoons. I can't for the life of me remember what the first show I saw was - Sick of It All, Gorilla Biscuits, Youth of Today, Token EntryI just don't know. What I do know know, i [...]


  • I really wanted this book to be better than it was. But in the end it was kind of boring. All the stories in here are short - like 2 or 3 pages - and all say exactly the same thing: I went to a show, it changed my life, I'm punk forever. It is nice to read a book full of stories about how once you are a punk kid there is no turning back, and how you'll always feel slightly apart from those that haven't had this experience, but I think this book had way more potential than was used. I actually di [...]


  • It should come as no surprise that the writing style varies in this collection of first punk show-going experiences. But like some of the clumsy bands that graced those stages, this book actually benefits from the 'warts and all' aesthetic that its centered around. I'll be damned if these anecdotes didn't make me all teary-eyed for my first real "punk" show which if my memory serves me correctly was The Bouncing Souls/Blanks 77/John Cougar Concentration Camp at the Stone Pony. I still wrestling [...]


  • the redundancy in some of these stories is also the point -- the focus on what to wear to your first show, which band names to draw on your jacket/shoes/bag, whether to mosh, how to get your parents to let you out of the house, straight edge or not -- it's all a great way to underscore that the different details of which band and where are all in a way subservient to the overall PUNKness of the experience. among the trends i'd forgotten to credit punk with: the dissolution of the fourth wall. yo [...]


  • meh. i picked this up at Socialism 2009. i was on a budget and this was a "different" kind of title for our book fair. one problem here is that some of these stories are well written and some of them are just boring. but my real gripe is that they're all kind of the same (with a few exceptions): same bands. same time frame. same age. and i think the real question iswhat is so special about this "first time"? is there a unifying experience or lessons learned? why would i want to read about a stra [...]


  • My friend Becky gave this to me. It's interesting stuff. I guess this was going to be a zine, but ended up being a bit more than that with a bunch of stories from lots of different people. It's making me nostalgic. At first I wasn't convinced, but the more of these short essays I read, the more I like it.Go on, AK Press. Keeep it up.Additional:Like a good zine, this is well done, but also a pretty quick read. There is a good mix of people represented here, over a large span of time. Good stuff.


  • uh so i wrote a piece in this book and i'm definitely not a professional writer. the book has a fanzine feel and the quality of the writing certainly varies. i'm flattered if anybody actually reads what i wrote but i really had fun reading all the other stories. sure there are some common themes but i think anybody that is or was into punk/hardcore will get something outta this collection of stories. it'll definitely make you laugh and reminisce about being young and dumb if nothing else.


  • Got this as a gift from the singer of my old band and loved it after just reading some of the back cover quotes. Having gone to my own first show back in 1987 - I know how important and life-changing an event it can be and it was great to read stories from various "celebs" of the scene and what it meant to them.


  • It is a really great collection of punk stories. It really gets into the inside of what young punk life really was. It was not glamorous, it wasn't ideal, but it was fun and awkward and scary! It is really great to see the insights from famous people and the truth behind the punk scene!


  • Excellent collection of essays detailing a bunch of folks' first punk show. A lot of variety in writing style, perspective and experience. I highly recommend this to anyone into punk, hardcore and independent culture.




  • I have a a story in this book. Chris is also one of my very best friends. I have yet to see the finished product, but I'm sure it's great!


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