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 Keithleymade up of vintage photographs, posters, handwritten lyrics, and other various ephemerathat 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.