Talk - Action = 0 (Talk Minus Action Equals Zero): An Illustrated History of D.O.A.

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9781551523965: Talk - Action = 0 (Talk Minus Action Equals Zero): An Illustrated History of D.O.A.

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 Keithley—made up of vintage photographs, posters, handwritten lyrics, and other various ephemera—that 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.

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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.


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

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