Stacy Russo is a librarian and associate professor at Santa Ana College in Santa Ana, California. She has English degrees from UC Berkeley and Chapman University and a master’s degree in library and information science from San Jose State University. She is a poet and writer. Stacy’s writing has appeared in Feminist Teacher, Feminist Collections, Library Journal, American Libraries, The Chaffey Review, Serials Review, Counterpoise, and the anthology Open Doors: An Invitation to Poetry (Chaparral Canyon Press, 2016). Her other books are The Library as Place in California (McFarland, 2007) and Life as Activism: June Jordan’s Writings from The Progressive (Litwin Books, 2014). She grew up in the 1980s Southern California punk rock scene, which has been a big influence on her life.
Mike Watt is the son of a sailor. He was born in 1957 in Portsmouth, Virginia, but has lived in San Pedro, California, for the last fifty years. He’s known mainly for starting the Minutemen with his buddy, D. Boon, but went on to later found Dos, Firehose, and, more recently, the Secondmen, the Missingmen, Cuz, and Il Sogno del Marinaio. He does bass, spiel, and writes songs. Watt also helped Porno for Pyros, Banyan, and J Mascis and the Fog, and had the huge honor of working for the Stooges during their reunion from 2003 to 2013.
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“An essential read for anyone interested in punk rock and Southern California music history.”
“Those who are familiar with punk rock will find this work absorbing and illuminating, as will musical, cultural, and women’s studies historians.”
“It’s not too often an author chronicles a cultural revolution completely with oral histories. But that is exactly what Stacy Russo does with We Were Going to Change the World, a book that captures SoCal punk during its most electrifying years. Musicians—including Exene Cervenka (X), Alice Bag (the Bags) and Kira (Black Flag)—are given space alongside concertgoers to discuss the lasting impact the scene had on their lives.”
“We Were Going to Change the World examines the power and promise of punk through the eyes of the women who experienced it—showcasing the SoCal scene as a source of community and a force for empowerment, self-discovery, and social change.”
“Shedding a light on major punk influencers and supporters alike, Russo’s work should be of interest to anyone who loves reading about women taking control in music. . . . A very entertaining and equally inspiring read.”
“Russo presents insights from a wide cross section of those who were there, including musicians like Exene Cervenka of X and folkie Phranc along with those working in the photography, radio or print mediums, and those who were ‘just’ fans like Cate Garcia.”
“A unique book about the punk rock era.”
—Guitar Girl magazine