I, Shithead: A Life in Punk


238 pages
Contains Photos, Illustrations
ISBN 1-55152-148-2
DDC 782.42166'092





Reviewed by Susan McKnight

Susan McKnight is an administrator of the Courts Technology Integrated Justice Project at the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General.


The punk movement has its roots in social activism. Although the music
may seem loud and frenetic to some listeners, the message is almost
always derived from political and/or environmental concerns. Joey
Keithley is the founder of D.O.A., a pioneering punk band whose musical
style and political activism have influenced such groups as Rancid,
Green Day, the Offspring, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. In this
entertaining book, he relates stories of touring, meeting bands with
similar political beliefs, and supporting Greenpeace, prisoner rights,
and anti-globalization, among other causes. He made his most ambitious
political statement when he ran for political office twice.

In addition to entertaining anecdotes, I, Shithead is replete with
pictures, posters, concert listings, and shots of memorabilia from the
various events at which D.O.A. performed. The appendixes include a
handwritten copy of the D.O.A. family tree and a full discography.


Keithley, Joey., “I, Shithead: A Life in Punk,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed May 20, 2024, https://cbra.library.utoronto.ca/items/show/17518.