Joe Shithead Keithley, founder and leader of Canada’s legendary punk band D.O.A. is well prepared and wildly qualified to give you The Straight Goods, which is the handle he’s put on his new spoken word/acoustic show. He goes at the raw truth and emotion of being a lifelong activist, punk and man of the people like no other. This is the end result of a life time spent performing, writing songs and raising hell.
He comes across like “the new man in black” (with greatest respect to the king, Johnny Cash). Joe has lived life like no other and unlike most of his generation, he has stayed true to his roots. He grew up thinking the system sucked and that hasn’t changed. He got pulled into becoming an activist by Greenpeace in high school when he was 16 years old and that was just the first step. Then he went to university to become a civil rights lawyer, but got sidetracked by the powerful pull of punk rock in 1977.
When Joe is on stage it’s his personality and his songs that really resonate with people. Keithley alternates between acoustic guitar versions of gripping and pertinent songs that sum up a large part of human existence and observations that back up those very songs. He also mixes in a large chunk of humor, while regaling you with tales of his punk/activist history. Some pundits have called him a man ahead of his time when they look at the songs he’s written, the ideals he has put forth and the causes he has supported.
Joe’s stirring performance intertwines music and stories of the world around us. His message rings true with songs like: Pipeline Fever, World War 3, Race Riot, Marijuana, Police Brutality, Never Give Up Hope, Slumlord, The Enemy, Disco Sucks, War, I Live In A Car, General Strike, Fucked Up Ronnie, Death Machine, Hole In The Sky and many more straight to the point anthems.
Keithley has been called a cultural politician, trying to change the world from outside the system for the last three and half decades. He recently ran for a mainstream political party in his native British Columbia, only to lose the nomination by five votes. Joe also ran for the Green Party in 1996 and 2001. He’s also been an ardent supporter of the Occupy movement, having played at a number of the Occupy sites. During his performance, Joe uses his depth of political knowledge, to put forward his vision of people orientated grass roots democracy.
Joe and D.O.A. first came to international prominence in 1978 when he started his own independent record label, Sudden Death Records. That same year, the label released the four song 7” EP Disco Sucks, which quickly became an underground hit. A short time later Joe came up with the term ”Hardcore” and D.O.A. soon released their landmark album Hardcore 81, which pushed the term hardcore into our common vernacular.
Over the last three and half decades D.O.A. has released 14 studio albums, sold a million records and played over 3,000 shows on five different continents. The band’s performances, albums and attitude have won over three generations of fans and influenced the likes of Green Day, Nirvana, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Offspring, Henry Rollins and Jello Biafra, to name a few. Joe has also found time to write two books, I Shithead, A Life in Punk and Talk–Action=0, as well as record two solo albums, Beat Trash and Band of Rebels.
Over the years Keithley has helped organize and lead benefit concerts and protests for good and just causes like: anti-racism, women’s rights, anti-war, environmental issues, Fair Trade-Not Free Trade and now the fight against oil pipelines.
At his live show, once the stories and the songs are done, he displays more of his inexhaustible spirit and energy and engages the audience in a lively and extensive question and answer session. Joe invites you to his show and invites you to: Think For Yourself, Effect Positive Change and Help Make A Better World.
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