There's this thing that happens when you're a fan of punk rock -- though it surely afflicts other scenes as well -- in which it always seems like you just missed the party. "Real punk was over by 1984," is a phrase you might have heard, if you started getting into it in 1985. I grew up blocks from 924 Gilman, but by the time I went to my first show there in 1999, it was apparent that I'd missed the golden age of East Bay punk by five to 15 years, depending on whom I asked.
Luckily, there are history books -- though I don't expect the ones being feted this Saturday, Jan. 7 at The Lookout! Bookout! Bash at the Berkeley Public Library's North Berkeley Branch to appear on standardized high school reading lists anytime soon.
Featuring appearances by Lookout Records founder Larry Livermore, Pansy Division's Jon Ginoli, Mr. T Experience's Frank Portman, Jüke's Nick Wolfinger, and the Smugglers' Grant Lawrence, this afternoon event is an aptly named celebration of books about Bay Area punk. It also serves as the literary component to The Lookouting, a four-day festival celebrating the 30th anniversary of 924 Gilman via a slew of bands affiliated with Lookout Records in the early '90s.