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John Doe's unconventional memoir, 'Under The Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk,' earns a Grammy nomination

John Doe onstage with X in West Hollywood in 2014. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
John Doe onstage with X in West Hollywood in 2014. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)

Often relegated to the shadows of the well-documented punk rock histories of New York and London, the raucous Los Angeles music scene of the late '70s and early '80s received its due right from the source with this year's "Under The Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk." 

Written by X guitarist John Doe and Tom Desavia and interspersed with essays from others around the scene -- including Henry Rollins, Mike Watt and Doe's bandmate Exene Cervenka, among others -- the audio version of the book received a Grammy nomination in the spoken word category this morning.

The category is a far-reaching field that includes high-profile readings of work by Amy Schumer, Carol Burnett, Elvis Costello and Patti Smith. So, depending on who you favor, the book's chances could seem like a long shot.

Arguably, that means these chroniclers of a vital, relentlessly inventive period in L.A. music history have Grammy voters right where they want them.

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