Jesse Jackson

X marks 40th anniversary with Roxy shows, while John Doe bids for a Grammy

X marks 40th anniversary with Roxy shows, while John Doe bids for a Grammy

Long an underdog, punk-rock hero John Doe has an opportunity to triumph come Grammy Awards day on Feb. 12.

If the statuette in the spoken-word album category goes to the nominated audiobook edition of “Under the Big Black Sun:  A Personal History of L.A. Punk,” co-author Doe has a quick two-word speech at his fingertips: “Thanks, Obama!”

Just as Paul Simon thanked Stevie Wonder in 1976 for not releasing an album the previous year, opening the door for Simon’s “Still Crazy After All These Years” to take the album of the year prize, Doe is probably in the running, at least in part, because there was no eligible recording from...

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