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Joe Carducci

Joe Carducci

Joe Carducci was born in Merced, California in 1955.  He grew up in Naperville, Illinois, attended the University of Denver for a year and a half before quitting to write, first moving to Chicago in 1975, then to Hollywood in 1976.  He was first published in The Match! and Eurock.  Occasionally he posts at the New Vulgate blog.

Carducci co-founded Systematic Record Distribution in Portland in 1978.  As Rough Trade’s American outlet, it moved to Berkeley at the end of 1979 to pave the way for RTUS.  There he also was involved in the Thermidor label (ONO, SPK, Birthday Party, Toiling Midgets...) and Optional Music (Dead Kennedys, Voice Farm, Negativland…).

Carducci moved back to L.A. in the fall of 1981 to work with Black Flag on their label SST Records until 1986.  Back in Chicago he wrote Rock and the Pop Narcotic, started Redoubt Press to publish his writing in 1990, (a revised edition appeared on 2.13.61 Publications in 1985), and began the Provisional company for the release of films on videotape including work by Raymond Pettibon, James Fotopoulos and others.

While on the West Coast, Carducci did the first punk radio show in Portland on the Pacifica station KBOO; he later appeared regularly on KPFA in Berkeley, and in Chicago he produced a program on WVVX.  He now appears occasionally on WFMU in New York.  Carducci has lived in Wyoming since 1996.

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Joe on the RBP podcast

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Meat Puppets: Meat Puppets II

Retrospective by Joe Carducci, The New Vulgate, 2008

Author's note: All Tomorrow's Parties had the Meat Puppets playing their second album in 2008, and I was asked to write about that album for ...

The Descendents: Frank Navetta and The Descendents

Retrospective by Joe Carducci, The New Vulgate, 17 March 2010

IN 1980 I wasn't aware of the first 45 by the Descendents, 'Ride the Wild'/'lt's a Hectic World' (Orca 001). It was recorded by Spot ...

Paul Nelson: First You Dream, Then You Die

Essay by Joe Carducci, The New Vulgate, October 2011

Author's note: I'm not in the reviewing game at The New Vulgate,but David Lighthourne had introduced me to Paul and told me about Kevin Avery's ...

Black Flag: R.I.P. SPOT: Glen M. Lockett, 1951-2023

Obituary by Joe Carducci, unpublished, March 2023

I HATE TO type out the words but... SPOT passed away after 10am today/Saturday (Mar. 4, 2023) at Morningside Healthcare in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. His nurse ...

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