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Gimme Something Better

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

Jack Boulware, Silke Tudor


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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.

Penguin Books, 9780143113805, 512pp.

Publication Date: September 29, 2009

About the Author

Jack Boulware is an author, writer, and freelance columnist whose work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, Playboy, Maxim, Salon, the San Francisco Chronicle, and SF Weekly. He is the cofounder of San Francisco’s Litquake literary festival, and the author of Sex, American Style and San Francisco Bizarro.

Silke Tudor’s writing has appeared in the Village Voice, Spin, and Tattoo Savage. She worked for ten years as a columnist and nightlife editor at SF Weekly, where she produced the annual SF Weekly Music Awards. She lives in New York City.