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'A Wailing of a Town' paints a vivid picture of San Pedro's punk scene

'A Wailing of a Town' paints a vivid picture of San Pedro's punk scene

Ever since 1996's "Please Kill Me" by Gillian McCain and Legs McNeil, oral histories have become the go-to genre for underground music narratives. In "A Wailing of a Town," the latest addition to this populist discourse, San Pedro artist and musician Craig Ibarra interviews the bands and partisans that made his hometown an unlikely harbor for creative protest during punk's middle passage (the years between 1976's "Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols" and 1991's "Nevermind"). Because Pedro, despite technically being part of the city of Los Angeles, is in spirit a peninsular community, Ibarra's book turns...

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