August 7 — DON’T PUSH ME AROUND, The Zeros (1977)

imageIt’s odd to think of punk rock having an elder statesman, but if it does, it surely is John Doe. The leader of the L.A. band X today is clear headed, thoughtful and unfailingly courteous. His interests and side projects are amazingly diverse. The guy idolized Merle Haggard, mentored the Go-Go’s, and recently recorded with Howe Gelb, the center of the Tucson collective that includes Calexico and Neko Case. Doe has a new book out — “Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of LA Punk” — and spoke recently on a podcast about the late ’70s scene, including the Zeros — which features Javier Escovedo, Alejandro’s brother — who were known as “the Mexican Ramones.”


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