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X-man John Doe gives L.A. punk its due in new memoir

How could a sound as raw as punk thrive in the land of sunshine and surfboards? John Doe of X has an answer for you.
How could a sound as raw as punk thrive in the land of sunshine and surfboards? John Doe of X has an answer for you. (theejohndoe.com)

The early days of punk are often framed as a tale of two cities: the arty eccentrics of New York's CBGB scene on one side, and the safety-pinned, spiky-haired gobbers of London on the other.

Los Angeles, however, is often left out of the conversation. After all, how could a sound as raw as punk possibly thrive in the land of sunshine and surfboards?

John Duchac, a.k.a. John Doe, can answer that. The actor and X punk rocker joins guest host Stephen Quinn to discuss his band's 1980 debut album, Los Angeles; how it fit into the underground L.A. punk scene, and his new memoir, Under the Big Black Sun.

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