Just in time for the holidays comes another addition to the growing stack of great reviews coming in for Desperate Times #2 ("Anyhow, Anyclub, Anywhere: The Rise & Fall Of Safari Sam's"). This time, it's from the long-running UK punk 'zine, Positive Creed, the brainchild of Rob Stone, who does a great job with his DIY publication, as well.
Thanks to Rob for such a full-on thumbs up, and hopefully, we'll get a few more of them down the line, before we're done and dusted! While we're at it, the holidays are just around the corner...Desperate Times is available for $10, postage paid, right here -- just contact me, via this website, and we'll set up the transaction, once I give you the relevant link!
Then, once you have it in your hands, ponder where all of this relentless Disneyfication of our neighborhoods and communities -- along with the double-barreled, double-digit rent increases that accompany the whole unsavory phenomenon -- is taking us.
<POSITIVE CREED #44 REVIEW>
"A big chunky 'zine all the way from the States that investigates the rise and fall of Safari Sam's, a music venue in Orange County. From what I can gather, it sounded like a pretty happening place in its day, hosting the Minutemen, Fire Hose, Social Distortion, the Jesus and Mary Chain, and a whole bunch of others who were all involved in the eighties punk movement.
"There's interviews from individuals who were about at the time giving a good insight into how things were and it sounds like a tough time for some with police harassment cropping up regularly along with business and licensing issues. I have to say that I found this a really fascinating read into a world of pissed off teenagers getting creative by forming bands and writing poetry and creating their own reality whilst trying to make a difference. It's this sort of thing that hits the home of impact that punk rock made on people and continues to do so.
<DESPERATE TIMES #2: SNAP DESCRIPTION>
While Safari Sam's established itself as a hotbed of great rock 'n' roll, it's also a story of a strongly conservative social culture, constant harassment from city bureaucrats and cops, and, ultimately, a force that proved too strong to overcome...gentrification. It's a story that was relevant then, and still plays out today, all around the nation. Now, you can read it for yourself, and draw your own conclusions.