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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press (July 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551523965
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551523965
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.2 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,385,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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They rock out. They blow the roof off. Some of the best shows I've ever seen in my life were D.O.A. gigs. I’ve never seen them not be amazing. —Henry Rollins (Black Flag)

The proper medicine growing young minds need. —Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys)

Joey Shithead casts a long shadow. —John Doe (X)

They’ve changed a lot of people’s lives. —David Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters)

D.O.A. inspired me and many others with their integrity and musical precision for many years to follow. A true legendary punk band. And pretty good hockey players too ... for Canadians. —Greg Hetson (Circle Jerks)

A document that is both an eye-popping tome and a chronological account of the rise and fall (and rise again) of one of punk music’s most important acts, from the beginnings of the hardcore movement to becoming the first “political” band to tour China. Named after the band’s iconic motto, Talk - Action = 0 is a book that can be flipped through for its stunning visual value alone or can be pored over thanks to Keithley’s narration throughout. —Vancouver Sun

A treasure trove of material for anyone who has ever considered themselves a D.O.A. fan ... Starting from the early days, Talk – Action = 0 chronicles the long and storied history of one of [Canada]’s most important bands ever. —Georgia Straight

You have to love a punk rock book full of pictures. While words work well to tell a band's story, illustrations of DIY concert posters, scribbled set lists, and candid photos from the van capture and frame the zeitgeist that was partially defined by those images. That's why this history of the Canadian hard-core punk band D.O.A. feels so right ... This history's scrapbook approach is like D.O.A.'s music—vital and virile. —Library Journal

About the Author

Joe Keithley is the founder of D.O.A., which released its thirteenth studio album, Talk – Action = 0, in 2010. D.O.A. continues to tour internationally. Keithley is also the founder of Sudden Death Records. His autobiography, I, Shithead: A Life in Punk, was published by Arsenal in 2003; now in its third printing, it has been translated into French, German, and Italian.

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0 of 14 people found the following review helpful By SW on November 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
A major problem with "punk" is the manner in which the original movement has been co-opted by capitalist philosophy exemplified by the author of this booklet. JK fails to recall how, for their first Vancouver show, he ordered custom made black t-shirts with white swastika and the word "destroy" printed in stock lettering modelled after a more artistic version created for the Sex Pistols. He had these shirts made for everyone in the Skulls in a crude attempt to brand themselves as "punks". And so it is with the remainder of his "career" chronicled here. The anarchist logo is shamelessly co-opted by someone who pretends to be an Anarchist. Anarchists do not run for the Green Party or tour China at the behest of an oppressive government (ask Falung Gong). If "punk" didn't exist it would be necessary for the state to invent it and peddle bands like DOA to give the impression of democracy and freedom of speech. One would assume that the message of this booklet is that without "action" there is "zero" and that DOA have somehow created something because their talk has "action" and therefore has amounted to some sort of result. Well the math is all wrong: Talk Plus Action Equals Zero Equals DOA ("dead on arrival" which is more like it).
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