The summer has already begun to beat its solar fists in Texas! I apologize for not keeping the news fresh and fast, but I have been writing, publishing, and photographing beyond belief, so my time has been thin, chewed up, and rushed. Below, I will provide the lowdown for each project, and I am excited to announce that two new books will be arriving before the end of summer – 1. Punk Chronicles: Recent Interviews From the Underground, which combines material from the last ten years (but also many new interviews from the last six months!), including members of Frightwig, Articles of Faith, Adrenalin OD, MDC, The Flesh Eaters, Toxic Reasons, Jello Biafra, Gary Floyd, Elected Officials and Ill Repute (by Jan from Trust and translated from German). 2. Will be Out of Step: Washington DC Punk Interviews featuring members of Government Issue, Soulside, Circus Lupus, Minor Threat, the Faith, Jawbox, and more!
On the academic front, I just published my chapter “The Intersection of Music and Humor in Repo Man” in the huge and outstanding Routledge Companion to Popular Music and Humor, edited by TM Kitts and N. Baxter-Moore. Seriously, your library needs to stock this title. It covers a diverse range, from global music to politics and sexuality, that any student can easily immerse in it for weeks on end!
Recently, I also released two other books!
Enemies in the Backyard: An Overview of Mid-America World War II Axis POW Camps evocatively examines the soldiers interned in a rapidly scaled-up America dealing with the sudden influx of enemies torn from fresh WWII battlefields. Often gobsmacked by the sheer scale of America, such weary and wary POWs landed on the East Coast then often experienced mid-America regions teeming with Whitmanesque proportions. Many POWs pursued a frenetic life, from soccer games to work in buzzing canneries. All the while, they experienced a place of idiosyncratic customs, plus religious values and community traditions binding the fabric of a country that imported workers from Jamaica and Barbados but shunned the civil rights of African-Americans. POWs traded black market goods, constructed art, and made music while experiencing an America of canned sundries and chocolate bars, an America smitten with Western movies and sandwiches. As such, the internment of these men has remained part of the lore, heritage, and memories that continually shape discussions about prisoner treatment, democracy, rehabilitation, war, and acts of kindness.
You can purchase it directly from me (email firstname.lastname@example.org), for $13.00, postage paid anywhere in the states, or from Quimby’s in Chicago and Amazon!
Beneath the Shadows of T.S.O.L. is a collection of four interviews with groundbreaking singer Jack Grisham by me as well as Welly, editor of Artcore and singer for the notorious Welsh punk band Four Letter Word, that span the years from 2001 to 2018; it also includes a concise T.S.O.L. record chronology by Grisham, plus a fan essay too, along with myriad rare photographs (including from famed punk chronicler Ed Colver!) and tons of gig flyers. It is an essential read for those interested in the Southern California punk revolt, death/dark/gothic/politico punk, and the history of underground music on the West Coast.
You can purchase it directly from me (email email@example.com), for $13.00, postage paid anywhere in the states, or from Quimby’s in Chicago and Amazon! I will be supplying copies this summer to Microcosm Press in Portland as well!
Thank you to Greater Baytown, a Sunday supplement by the Baytown Sun newspaper, for printing an interview with me last week and featuring 16 of my photographs of the area, which includes wetlands, industry, and historic neighborhoods on the east side of Houston!
After a hiatus, I have been writing for the Houston Press at length too, so be sure to check some of my new interviews/overviews/previews relating to these iconic bands!
Roky Erickson of 13th Floor Elevators, whose tribute is here.
Agnostic Front, an interview with intense singer Roger Miret, here.
A preview of Jonathan Richman’s new album and performances, here:
An interview with Blaine of Nashville Pussy, here.
An interview with Exene Cervenka of X, here.
A preview of the new tour by Peter Murphy, here.
A conversation with Walter Salas-Humara of the Silos, here.
An interview with Tony Reflex, iconic Southern Cali singer of the Adolescents, here.
More soon, be well, David E!