John Doe of X was World Cafe's guest earlier this week, as he played live with a rock band that included original X drummer DJ Bonebrake. You can hear it again in the World Cafe archive. Doe also discussed the early days of the L.A. punk scene to which X belonged.
Doe has just put together a personal history of L.A. punk, named after the X album Under The Big Black Sun. Along with other members of that early L.A. scene — Jane Wiedlin of The Go-Go's, Henry Rollins of Black Flag, Mike Watt of the Minutemen, Dave Alvin of The Blasters and others — he brings the scene alive.
In honor of the new book, here's a Spotify playlist in which 13 tracks go by in a little more than a half hour. Time to spread out and make your own mosh pit!