Elpaso: A Punk Story (Paperback)

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By Benjamin Villegas, Jay Noden (Translator), Beto O'Rourke (Prologue by)
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An obsessive (do they come any other way?) Spanish writer traveled to my hometown to document the story of this seminal Latinx punk/proto-grunge band who may or may not have existed. Along the way yours truly, your humble bookseller, and others I know make metafictional cameos as the story turns in on itself. I think Skylight even makes an appearance. What happens to all those great bands who just never made it (especially when they sing in Spanish, come from underrepresented areas like the border, or are BIPOC, or women or LGBTQ individuals) but who laid the groundwork for those who do make it? Well, some are lucky enough to appear in a novel by Benja Villegas.

— From arlo


In 2015, Benjamin Villegas traveled to Texas in an attempt to write the biography of a music group that could have changed the history of rock: ELPASO, a Chicano band from the U.S.-Mexico border with a punk sensibility, a long since-defunct crew, and little left to remember it by but a suitcase of fanzines and one-off recordings.

This is the story of one of the many bands that will never appear in rock n' roll history books, but is at the core of the scene; a band that earned its stripes from sweaty fans and self-taught rock aficionados in basements, garages, and small venues across the country. This is the story of two kids who came together to embrace the punk ethos of the 80's and be a part of the rock n' roll revolution sweeping the US, a world of the Ramones, Black Flag, and, of course, ELPASO.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781646050611
ISBN-10: 1646050614
Publisher: Deep Vellum Publishing
Publication Date: August 17th, 2021
Pages: 200
Language: English