Review: Stacy Russo almost changes the world in examination of early SoCal punk scene

A librarian’s attention to detail gives often unheard of players in the ‘70s and ‘80s southern California punk scene a voice.

Review: Stacy Russo almost changes the world in examination of early SoCal punk scene
Santa Monica Press


We Were Going to Change the World Hit So Hard, the heartbreaking memoir by Hole drummer Patty Schemel, gets love below, but Stacy Russo’s collection of interviews with women musicians and journalists lived was in print because of the librarian’s attention to detail it gives to often unheard of — yet still vital — players in the ‘70s and ‘80s southern California punk scene. Sure, Exene Cervenka and Alice Bags show up, but the 283-page work also includes talks with Nature Core’s Tammy Talbot and fan-turned-punk-rock-historian Kathy Rodgers. At first, a foreword by Mike Watt seems like an odd choice (a man, ‘splaining a book about women?), but the Minutemen and Dos bassist ends up beautifully capturing the influence women had on the scene and his own life, too. (Santa Monica Press)

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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