Published May 19, 2011Canadian hardcore punk legends D.O.A. are already in the middle of a nostalgic year, having recently released 30th anniversary reissues of Something Better Change and Hardcore '81, but clearly the group are having a good time running down memory lane. On top of those two re-releases, band leader Joe "Shithead" Keithley has compiled a new book called Talk - Action = 0: An Illustrated History of D.O.A., which, coincidentally, was also the name of the band's last album.
A press release explains that the large-format book chronicles over 30 years of band history via old photographs, set lists, lyric sheets, show posters and more, offering "a visceral glimpse into the hardcore life of one of the hardest-working punk bands in the business."
For punk fans from Vancouver and beyond, this potentially means the chance to see some snaps of the band gigging at the Smilin' Buddha Cabaret, or learning where they slotted "Fucked Up Ronnie" and "The Prisoner" in relation to each other. All in all, this is some well-needed documentation of the early Canuck punk scene.
This isn't the first book Keithley has done on his group. In 2003, he penned an autobiography, I, Shithead: A Life in Punk.
Talk - Action = 0: An Illustrated History of D.O.A. will be released by Arsenal Pulp Press in June.