Lexicon Devil: The Fast Times And Short Life Of Darby Crash And The Germs


Lexicon Devil is, pure and simple, the finest volume on L.A. punk – world punk – PUNK! – to have seen the light of print. (Yes, folks: that includes Please Kill Me.) As oral histories of ANYTHING go, I would put it right up there with Jack’s Book and Edie: An American Biography. Great book!

— Richard Meltzer

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Lexicon Devil is an oral history that probes the brains of over 100 characters, and contains 140 never-before-seen photos, goes beyond early punk rock into secret regions of suicide, mind control, suppressed sexuality, corrosive humor, self-abuse, and addictions to rock celebrity, drugs and cults. Thieves, surfers, skinheads, nymphettes, chickenhawks, skateboarders, Scientologists, boho artists, under-age sado-masochistic punk kids, and TV stars confront and hustle each other in a late ’70s L.A. history that reads like bowdlerized chapters of Hollywood Babylon that have finally come to light.

It took three improbable co-authors to put together this amazing book. Brendan Mullen founded the Masque, the urine-stained basement from which Los Angeles punk rock was created, (and with Mark Spitz) wrote We Got the Neutron Bomb, the ’70s Los Angeles rock history. Don Bolles played drums for The Germs, Vox Pop, 45 Grave and Celebrity Skin; when not homeless Bolles DJs horrifying children’s records at KXLU. Adam Parfrey was known for his apocalyptic sociology, and most recently the volume Extreme Islam: Anti-American Propaganda of Muslim Fundamentalism.