Multcolib picks: Doom Town: Portland Punk

Sooner or Later
Sooner or Later By Neo Boys Music CD - 2013 CD Popular NEOBOYS All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Not boys at all, this all-female punk band pre-dated the Riot Grrrls by over a decade.

Northwest Passage
Northwest Passage The Birth of Portland's D.I.Y. Culture DVD - 2007 DVD 781.66 NORTHWEST All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Clips of dismayed local television personalities are interspersed with live footage of the bands and interviews with band members. Includes performances by the Neo Boys, Wipers, Poison Idea, and non-Portlanders The Dead Kennedys.

Wipers Box Set
Wipers Box Set Is This Real? ; Youth of America ; Over the Edge By Wipers (Musical group) Music CD - 2001 CD Popular WIPERS All copies in use Availability details Holds: 7 on 1 copy

Annotation:Driving, melodic, bleak, emotional. Revered by many later local bands, and even by some well-known ones from Seattle.

Satyricon, Madness and Glory
Satyricon, Madness and Glory DVD - 2013 DVD 782.42166 SATYRICON Available in some locations

Annotation:Documentary about the seedy club where many of the most notable underground bands of the '80s and '90s played, including Poison Idea, Dead Moon, and more.

Kings of Punk
Kings of Punk By Poison Idea (Musical group) Music CD - 2013 CD Popular POISON All copies in use Availability details Holds: 2 on 2 copies

Annotation:Brutal, nasty, and ugly, they influenced many later punk bands and were even an inspiration for black metal. Known for intense, dangerous shows during which the singer blew gouts of fire across the ceiling.

Annotation:Later, darker album that is considered one of their best.

The Life and Death of the X-Ray Cafe
The Life and Death of the X-Ray Cafe By Mirk, Sarah Book - 2010 ZINE 781.660979549 MIRK 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:You never knew what you would encounter in this tiny all-ages club. An all-female band featuring 7 guitarists? People allowing themselves to be publicly spanked by a guy in a raw meat loincloth? A gay hardcore band gutsy enough to call themselves the Mukilteo Fairies after a ferry in Washington?

X-Ray Visions
X-Ray Visions A Look Inside Portland's Legendary X-Ray Cafe : A Documentary DVD - 2000 DVD 647.95 XRAY All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Documentary about the all-ages club made by one of the owners.

Unknown Passage
Unknown Passage The Dead Moon Story DVD - 2006 DVD 782.42166 UNKNOWN All copies in use Availability details Holds: 2 on 2 copies

Annotation:The story of Fred and Toody Cole spans the 1960s to today. A Dead Moon reunion recently sold out the Crystal Ballroom, and Fred and Toody can still be found playing clubs around town as the Pierced Arrows. Their sound is gritty and raw, with a bit of a western influence.

Alien Boy
Alien Boy A Zine About the Life of James Chasse Book Plus CD - 2008 ZINE 920 ALIEN 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:James Chasse was an early zine writer and punk musician who suffered from mental illness later in life and was killed in an encounter with police. This collection includes excerpts from his zine, interviews with musicians who knew him, including members of the Wipers, Neo Boys and others, and photos and fliers from local punk shows.

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If you've ever wondered how Portland got its reputation as a bastion of independent and D.I.Y music, try some of the items on this list. - Erika B.

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