I, Shithead: A Life in Punk Paperback – 1 Dec 2003
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"They've changed a lot of people's lives."
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Joe Keithley, Canada's godfather of punk has long been an activist, including as a candidate for the Green Party, and is the founder of Sudden Death Records. He lives in Vancouver with his wife and their three children. Jack Rabid is a music producer and publisher of seminal New York music magazine Big Takeover.
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The book is also a mini how-to manual for anyone interested in starting up their own punk band. Keithley talks about the business side of the music industry, what it's like to play gigs to crowds of different sizes and interests, and above all, he gives a great first hand account of just what it takes to make it in the music business.
Finally, Keithley's writing style is very easy to digest. The book is written like the lyrics to many of his songs; straight ahead without and BS! What's more, the book contains many pictures and personal anecdotes about Vancouver and places beyond. In reading the book it easy to see yourself sitting at a bar with Keithley as he tells a couple tales over a couple of beers.
If you're a punk, or even think about calling yourself a punk, then you owe it to yourself to give this book a read.
If you can't arrange to do this with Joe, picking up a copy of this book would be your only alternative. It's 200+ pages of compelling reading, written by a man who helped define punk music both in and out of Canada, and who certainly put Canada at the roots of the punk historical tree.
Unlike a lot of books about punk bands, this is first-person stuff of the first order.
If you love punk music and the DIY attitude, this book is must read.
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