On this Joe Keithley (Joey “Shithead”) Interview: How Joe went from playing Pete Seeger & Woody Guthrie folk songs to cranking out fast-paced hardcore… Story behind his first Greenpeace march, the hostility of most clubs early on in D.O.A.’s career, booking a European tour by snail mail (100% true!), breaking wide open in San Francisco, Rock Against Racism, how hardcore has changed, playing with Pete Seeger, standing up for human rights and getting acknowledged for it, politically… his persistence and determination to get elected to political office, not letting defeat after defeat hold him back… his greatest political accomplishments (VERY COOL), the origins of his work ethic, his favorite guitars, top 3 Desert Island Discs (you’ll NEVER guess!), best lessons he’s learned from getting older, toughest decisions he’s had to make, and why in the end… he’s a pretty lucky guy! GREAT hang, super cool conversation with a really interesting and intelligent guy, who happens to be a musical legend!
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Joe Keithley is the leader, lead guitarist, and vocalist of Canada’s legendary political punk band D.O.A. D.O.A is often referred to as one of the “founders” of hardcore punk, along with bands like Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, Bad Brains and a few others. Over the last 40 years, D.O.A. has released 16 LPs, sold a million records and played over 4,000 shows on five different continents. Joe is also a solo artist and his latest LP, just released, is called Stand
Joe’s been an activist since he was 16 years old. He’s stood up for causes like police brutality, sexism, warmongering, racism, the environment, first nations, unions and many other causes, by organizing and playing at well over 300 benefit concerts. Joe’s also authored two books, “I Shithead, A Life in Punk” and “Talk – Action = 0”
In 2018, Joe was elected the city councillor in Burnaby, Canada which is just outside of Vancouver, and was re-elected in October 2022. Joe is also a member of the Canadian Independent Music Hall of Fame & he the owner of Sudden Death Records (SuddenDeath.com)
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