Gimme Something Better

Gimme Something Better

The Profound, Progressive, and Occasionally Pointless History of Bay Area Punk from Dead Kennedys to Green Day

By Jack Boulware; Silke Tudor

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143113805, 489pp.

Publication Date: September 2009

An oral history of the modern punk-revival's West Coast Birthplace
Outside of New York and London, California's Bay Area claims the oldest continuous punk-rock scene in the world. "Gimme Something Better" brings this outrageous and influential punk scene to life, from the notorious final performance of the Sex Pistols, to Jello Biafra's bid for mayor, the rise of "Maximum RocknRoll" magazine, and the East Bay pop-punk sound that sold millions around the globe. Throngs of punks, including members of the Dead Kennedys, Avengers, Flipper, MDC, Green Day, Rancid, NOFX, and AFI, tell their own stories in this definitive account, from the innovative art-damage of San Francisco's Fab Mab in North Beach, to the still vibrant all-ages DIY ethos of Berkeley's Gilman Street. Compiled by longtime Bay Area journalists Jack Boulware and Silke Tudor, "Gimme Something Better" chronicles more than two decades of punk music, progressive politics, social consciousness, and divine decadence, told by the people who made it happen.

About the Author
Jack Boulware came to San Francisco in the eighties as a wide-eyed innocent and lived to tell the tale, writing about the city for "San Francisco Weekly, The New York Times Magazine, "and the "Washington Post, "among others. He is also the author of "Sex, American Style "and on the organizing committee of Litstock, a free festival of readings by San Francisco writers.