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Kevin Prested "Punk USA: The Rise And Fall Of Lookout! Records" - Book

In 1987, Lawrence Livermore founded independent punk label Lookout! Records to release records by his band The Lookouts. Forming a partnership with David Hayes, the label released some of the most influential recordings from California's East Bay punk scene. Originally operating out of a bedroom, Lookout! created the East Bay punk sound, with bands such as Crimpshrine, Operation Ivy, The Mr. T Experience and many more. The label helped to pave the way for future punk upstarts and as Lookout! grew, young punk entrepreneurs used the label as a blueprint to try their hand at record pressing. As punk broke nationally in the mid-'90s the label went from indie outfit to having more money than it knew how to manage, and the label struggled as much with success as it did from any other difficulty. Kevin Prested chronicles it all even-handedly, through interviews and a careful combing of the records. This definitive book is perfect for anyone who is curious about the the unlikely, improbable inside scoop on how musical careers are made and unmade. Updated and revised second edition with new interviews and photographs.