The punk band D.O.A., established in 1978, is considered one of
the founders of hardcore punk, alongside such other seminal groups
as Black Flag and Minor Threat. Their raw, melodic sound, which
drew comparisons to The Clash and The Ramones, has always been
matched by the band's acute political sensibility. Known for its
uncompromising and outspoken anarchist viewpoints, D.O.A. has been
active on behalf of many issues, including anti-racism,
anti-globalization, freedom of speech, women's rights, and the
environment. Its slogan, "Talk - Action = 0," refers to the
importance of artists and others who need to "walk the walk" when
it comes to their politics.
After more than thirty years, D.O.A. remains as active as ever,
touring internationally (including a trip to China, the first punk
band to do so) and recording regularly (their thirteenth studio
album was released in 2010); their fan base now spans three
generations. This large-format book is a sprawling visual history
of the group by lead singer and guitarist Joe Keithley--made up of
vintage photographs, posters, handwritten lyrics, and other various
ephemera--that offers a visceral glimpse into the hardcore life of
one of the hardest-working punk bands in the business.
Joe Keithley is the founder of D.O.A. His autobiography "I,
Shithead: A Life in Punk" was published by Arsenal Pulp Press in
2003; now in its third printing, it has been translated into
French, German, and Italian.
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