REVIEW: My First Time: A Collection of First Punk Show Stories

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My First time is a collection of stories of people’s first punk shows. This book has its ups and downs; it really depends on who is writing the story. Some of these are really great, but then there are some that are pretty shitty and boring. Then there’s a few that don’t even tell of the show. Compiled by Chris Duncan this originally started out as a zine, or part of one. At some point it fell to AK Press who put it out as a book instead. Weighing in at 181 pages all the stories average about three pages each so it won’t be killing you to read them. Because of the short stories, or chapters it makes for a pretty quick read too. I always find it interesting to read about this type of thing, kind of a small part or a window to an autobiography, or just talk of the scene at the time. Here’s a small quick taste of what you’ll get.

Andrew Scott - The general insanity of the show, thinking the floor was going to cave in and everyone is going to die.

Andy Shoup – Amping himself up to stage dive only to chicken out…then later find out Keith Morris of the Circle Jerks told the story of how he almost broke his neck stage diving and asked everyone not to when Andy went for a piss break.

Jillian Lauren – Her friend Jackie sweeping her into the punk rock world when gone she had for a visit. Then later at the show getting knocked out in the pit, by a random flying foot. Only to be rescued by the boy who knocked her out, and instantly fall for him when she regained consciousness.

Jamie Reilly – This is a real heart breaker, Jamie got tickets, and got the older girl he was crushing on to agree to take him/go on a date. Then she gets grounded. Finally getting to the show then gets mistaken for an acid holder.

Blag Dahlia (the Dwarves) – One of my favorites even though this really has nothing to do with the show. A show he couldn’t get into so instead he and a friend sit on the curb, smoked weed and drink. Then with a walk to the liquor store an argument ensues with a drunken girl and her asshole boyfriend.

Anna Brown – Doing acid, then because she can’t go home tripping she goes to Gilman. There she finds a cute boy and plays some basketball and gets welcomed to the punk community.

Russ Rankin (Good Riddance) – Generally talks about the amazingness of the Gilman community.

David Boisineau – This motherfucker, this fucking motherfucker saw the Descendents when he was 11! Goddamn!

Sto Cinders – The sorted tale of underage drinking, and seeing Sick of it All at the 9:30 club in DC.

Joe Queer (The Queers) – The tale of the show is sort of glazed over here, we mostly get a great story of him and wimpy doing acid and tripping while trying to drive home.

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REVIEW: White Line Fever

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Want to know about the man, the myth the legend? The greatest Englishman to ever live, the driving force behind one of the greatest bands of all time, Motorhead – Lemmy Kilmister? Pick up ‘White Line Fever’ and you will know who Lemmy really is. Written by Lemmy himself we’ve got 320 pages of pure greatness from the man who lives, drinks and smokes Rock n Roll. From the time he met his Dad for the first time and walked away, to riding the rails as a teenager, to being a roadie for Jimmy Hendrix to getting into music (and drugs) himself, this book has it all. If you like Motorhead I cannot recommend reading this one enough.

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REVIEW: Run to the Hills: Iron Maiden, the Authorized Biography

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Run to the Hills is more or less a biography on the greatest band in history – Iron Maiden. Not only are these guys the best Heavy Metal band to walk the earth but no one can touch them musically in any shape or form. This is their story as told by Mick Wall and Chris Ingham. Filled with stories of Steve Harris starting the band, stories from the road, getting management and putting out their first to their last album. If you’re a Maiden fan, which you should be, this is a must for reading material. 393 pages of metal greatness.

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REVIEW: No One Here Gets Out Alive

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getsoutaliveThe Doors are one of my favorite bands of all time, Jim Morrison is a fucking interesting guy if nothing else, ‘No One Here Gets Out Alive’ is a book I’ve read more times than any other book. Jerry Hopkins and Danny Sugerman do an impeccable job of bringing you into Jim Morrison’s world. A biography that takes you from being Jim Morrison the child going on vacation with his family to the conspiracy theories surrounding The Door’s front man’s mysterious death. Most of this book seems to be direct account of Jim Morrison almost as if he were being interviewed for the entire thing. 384 pages, I cannot recommend this enough if you’re a fan of one of the greatest rock bands of all time.

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