We Got the Neutron Bomb: The Untold Story of L.A. Punk

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Three Rivers Press, 2001 - Music - 296 pages
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Taking us back to late ’70s and early ’80s Hollywood—pre-crack, pre-AIDS, pre-Reagan—We Got the Neutron Bombre-creates word for word the rage, intensity, and anarchic glory of the Los Angeles punk scene, straight from the mouths of the scenesters, zinesters, groupies, filmmakers, and musicians who were there.

“California was wide-open sex—no condoms, no birth control, no morality, no guilt.” —Kim Fowley

“The Runaways were rebels, all of us were. And a lot of people looked up to us. It helped a lot of kids who had very mediocre, uneventful, unhappy lives. It gave them something to hold on to.” —Cherie Currie

“The objective was to create something for our own personal satisfaction, because everything in our youthful and limited opinion sucked, and we knew better.” —John Doe

“The Masque was like Heaven and Hell all rolled into one. It was a bomb shelter, a basement. It was so amazing, such a dive ... but it was our dive.” —Hellin Killer

“At least fifty punks were living at the Canterbury. You’d walk into the courtyard and there’d be a dozen different punk songs all playing at the same time. It was an incredible environment.” —Belinda Carlisle

Assembled from exhaustive interviews,We Got the Neutron Bombtells the authentically gritty stories of bands like the Runaways, the Germs, X, the Screamers, Black Flag, and the Circle Jerks—their rise, their fall, and their undeniable influence on the rock ’n’ roll of today.

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Review: We Got the Neutron Bomb: The Untold Story of LA Punk

User Review  - Troy Friendimension - Goodreads

I really enjoyed this at the time. Californians seem to have a more provincial approach to music compared to the cosmopolitan types who end up in New York. The Germs never played out of the state. Gun ... Read full review

Review: We Got the Neutron Bomb: The Untold Story of LA Punk

User Review  - Brian Crime - Goodreads

Bored Suburban Teen Hollywood Diaspora & Nihilists -- One and same. This is the city — Los Angeles - And this is one of the finest punkstories in print. This is history. This is culture. This is the best this fucked up country has to offer: long live los angeles, long live punk. Read full review

About the author (2001)

Marc Spitz is a senior contributing writer at "Spin" magazine. He spent his misbegotten 20s in post-punk Hollywood and lives now in Greenwich Village, New York.

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