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John Doe: How Antioch Prepared The X Co-Founder To Make Punk Rock History

Geoffrey Himes, Antioch Alumni Magazine, Fall 2020

WHEN THE California quartet X released its first album in 1980, it upended everyone's assumptions about punk rock. The twin lead vocals from a man and a woman weren't in unison; instead one kept surging past the other as if they were horses on a racetrack. The racing metaphor was reinforced by the frantic music by the band's three instrumentalists, who lent a rockabilly swing to the staccato methodology of "fast/hard" punk.

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