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  • An MVD Exclusive
  • Version: First Edition Paperback
  • SKU: 9798218412418
  • Format: BOOK
  • UPC: 9798218412418
  • Street Date: 07/05/24
  • PreBook Date: 05/31/24
  • Label: Toxic Shock »
  • Genre: Alternative/Punk
  • Run Time: 200 mins
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Audio: STEREO
  • Year of Production: 2024
  • Region Code: 0
  • Box Lot: 40
  • Territory: WORLD
  • Language: English


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Bill Sassenberger - Toxic Shock Assassin Of Mediocrity

A story of love, loss and loud music.

Bill Sassenberger - Toxic Shock Assassin Of Mediocrity
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This is the story of unflagging love-for music, for a partnership forged in passion and steel, for a life chosen, not imposed. Bill Sassenberger, owner of Pomona's Toxic Shock and Tucson's Toxic Ranch, friend and mentor to hundreds of music aficionados, writes with honesty and without self-aggrandizement about the adventure he shared with Julianna Towns, a briiliant beauty who walked into his record store and never left. Together they nurtured musicians, started their own record label, and explored the world, even when Julianna became confined by a series of strokes at an early age. Their love story intertwines with the history of punk rock and the musical revolution that was spawned from that in a book that will expand minds and break hearts.

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More and more, I consider memoirs and folk histories to be the backbone of long-term punk consciousness. I am not talking about vapid nostalgia -- cookie cutter monologues about there and then, or mere exercises in Xeroxed memory flashbacks, like I did x, y, and z -- but books with idiosyncrasies, novel precepts, or art of the tongue. And Toxic Shock does deliver because it has a framing device that is about tender love and huge loss, the suffering and joys of Bill's wife Julianna

     —David Ensminger, Random Notes


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