A Life in PunkBook - 2003
Joey Keithley, aka Joey Shithead, founded legendary punk pioneers D.O.A. in 1978. Punk kings who spread counterculture around the world, they’ve been cited as influences by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, Rancid and The Offspring; have toured with The Clash, The Ramones, The Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, Nirvana, PiL, Minor Threat and others; and are the subject of two tribute albums. They are the band that introduced the term “hardcore” into punk lexicon and may have turned Nirvana’s lead singer Kurt Cobain onto a career in music.
But punk is more than a style of music: it’s a political act, and D.O.A. have always had a social conscience, having performed in support of Greenpeace, women’s rape/crisis centres, prisoner’s rights, and antinuke and antiglobalization organizations. Twenty-five years later D.O.A. can claim sales of hundreds of thousands of copies of their 11 albums and tours in 30 different countries, and they are still going strong.
I, Shithead is Joey’s personal, no-bullshit recollections of a life in punk, starting with the burgeoning punk movement and traversing a generation disillusioned with the status quo, who believed they could change the world: stories of riots, drinking, travelling, playing and conquering all manner of obstacles through sheer determination.
Praise for D.O.A.:
“They rock out. They blow the roof off. Some of the best shows I’ve seen in my life were D.O.A. gigs. I’ve never seen D.O.A. not be amazing.”—Henry Rollins (Black Flag, Rollins Band)
“The proper medicine growing young minds needed.”—Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys)
“Joey Shithead casts a long shadow.”—John Doe (X)
“They’ve changed a lot of people’s lives.”—Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters)
Joey “Shithead” Keithley has long been an activist, including as a candidate for the Green Party, and is the founder of Sudden Death Records (www.suddendeath.com). He lives in Vancouver with his wife and their three children.
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Joey Keithley, AKA Joey Shithead, founded legendary punk pioneers D.O.A. in 1978 - punk kings who spread punk counterculture around the world and have been cited as influences by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, Rancid, The Offspring, and others.
But punk is more than a style of music: it's a state of mind. D.O.A. has always had a social conscience, and has performed in support of Greenpeace, rape relief, prisoner rights, and anti-nuke and anti-globalization organizations.
Twenty-five years later D.O.A. has played with bands including The Clash, The Ramones, The Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, Nirvana, PiL, Minor Threat, and many others. They are also the subject of two tribute albums.
I, Shithead is Joey's recollections of a life in punk, starting with a bunch of kinds in Vancouver transfixed with the burgeoning punk movement, and traversing a generation disillusioned with the status quo - stories of riots, travelling, playing, and conquering all manner of obstacles through sheer determination. And through it all, Joey reveals that the D.O.A. slogan, TALK - ACTION = 0, is, for him, more than a soundbyte.
With an introduction by Jack Rabid, publisher of seminal New York music magazine The Big Takeover.