I, Shithead: A Life in Punk by Joey Keithley, Jack Rabid

By Joey Keithley, Jack Rabid

Joey Keithley, aka Joey Shithead, based mythical punk pioneers D.O.A. in 1978. Punk kings who unfold counterculture worldwide, they’ve been brought up as impacts through the purple sizzling Chili Peppers, eco-friendly Day, Rancid and The Offspring; have toured with The conflict, The Ramones, The useless Kennedys, Black Flag, Nirvana, PiL, Minor danger and others; and are the topic of 2 tribute albums. they're the band that brought the time period “hardcore” into punk lexicon and will have grew to become Nirvana’s lead singer Kurt Cobain onto a occupation in music.

But punk is greater than a method of tune: it’s a political act, and D.O.A. have continuously had a social judgment of right and wrong, having played in help of Greenpeace, women’s rape/crisis centres, prisoner’s rights, and antinuke and antiglobalization organisations. Twenty-five years later D.O.A. can declare revenues of thousands of copies in their eleven albums and excursions in 30 varied international locations, and they're nonetheless going strong.

I, Shithead is Joey’s own, no-bullshit reminiscences of a lifestyles in punk, beginning with the burgeoning punk flow and traversing a new release disenchanted with the established order, who believed they can swap the realm: tales of riots, consuming, vacationing, enjoying and conquering all demeanour of hindrances via sheer determination.

Praise for D.O.A.:

“They rock out. They blow the roof off. the superior indicates I’ve obvious in my existence have been D.O.A. gigs. I’ve by no means obvious D.O.A. now not be amazing.”—Henry Rollins (Black Flag, Rollins Band)

“The right drugs turning out to be younger minds needed.”—Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys)

“Joey Shithead casts a protracted shadow.”—John Doe (X)

“They’ve replaced loads of people’s lives.”—Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters)

Joey “Shithead” Keithley has lengthy been an activist, together with as a candidate for the fairway occasion, and is the founding father of unexpected demise files (www.suddendeath.com). He lives in Vancouver along with his spouse and their 3 children.

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Played first; our set lasted about forty-five minutes. During it, Dave Spaner got up on stage and burned a copy of the Canadian constitution. : The Beginnings burning money (we tried to grab it from him, being so broke). ” Another highlight was “Trident,” written by Brad Kunt, whom we had just selected to become our guitar player. I was back to just singing again. The crowd yelled and cheered at us and jeered at the cops who were watching. Private School were up next. Their set wasn’t quite punk, but what the hell; they were more on the art school side of things.

The audience was a real mix, about half of which were punks. Our set was going over okay, but not great. ” look. But then an unexpected incident occurred. I had been drinking beer all day long with Will Shatter and, in the middle of our set, I really had to take a leak. Not an itsy-bitsy one, but a regular Victoria Falls. So I whipped down my zip and proceeded to piss onto the dance floor. At that moment, I knew what Moses must have felt like when the Red Sea parted for him. I got a real arc going, covering about fifteen feet from stem to stern.

That was the last we saw of them. Before we knew it, it was time to open the doors. We got about forty people: twenty punks and twenty bikers, who sat on opposite sides of the hall. Cheryl, ever the loudmouth, almost got me killed by taking the largest biker’s chair and telling him to get another one. ” Cheryl yelled back. I took her by the hand and we got out of there. But then the same biker came backstage and saw that Dimwit had a fake hypodermic needle pinned to his shirt. The hulking mass of a man irately ripped the hypo off Dimwit’s shirt and grabbed him by the throat.

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