9th Ave: Kid Congo Powers with Penelope Houston

Friday, October 21, 2022 - 7:00pm

Cover of Kid Congo Powers' memoir, Some New Kind of Kick. The cover is a black and white photo of Powers, dark black hair across his face, a button down shirt open to show his chest, dark jeans with a belt and metal paraphernalia, his arms in a statuesque pose holding his torso and behind his head. The title is written in acid green script to the right of the photo.
Join us on Friday, October 21 at 7pm PT when Kid Congo Powers joins us to celebrate the release of his memoir, Some New Kind of Kick, with Penelope Houston at 9th Ave!

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About Some New Kind of Kick
An intimate, coming-of-age memoir by legendary guitarist Kid Congo Powers, detailing his experiences as a young, queer Mexican-American in 1970s Los Angeles through his rise in the glam rock and punk rock scenes.

Kid Congo Powers has been described as a “legendary guitarist and paragon of cool” with “the greatest resume ever of anyone in rock music." That unique imprint on rock history stems from being a member of not one but three beloved, groundbreaking, and influential groups—Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, the Cramps, and last but not least, The Gun Club, the wildly inventive punk-blues band he co-founded.

Some New Kind of Kick begins as an intimate coming of age tale, of a young, queer, Chicano kid, growing up in a suburb east of East LA, in the mid-‘70s, exploring his sexual identity through glam rock. When a devastating personal tragedy crushes his teenage dreams, he finds solace and community through fandom, as founder (‘The Prez’) of the Ramones West Coast fan club, and immerses himself in the delinquent chaos of the early LA punk scene.

A chance encounter with another superfan, in the line outside the Whiskey-A-Go-Go to get into a Pere Ubu concert, changes the course of his life entirely. Jeffrey Lee Pierce, a misfit Chicano punk who runs the Blondie fan club, proposes they form a band. The Gun Club is born. So begins an unlikely transition from adoring fan to lauded performer. In Pierce, he finds brotherhood, a creative voice, and a common cause, but also a shared appetite for self-destruction that threatens to overwhelm them both.

Quirky, droll, and heartfelt, with a pitch-perfect evocation of time and place, and a wealth of richly-drawn supporting characters, Some New Kind of Kick is a memoir of personal transformation, addiction and recovery, friendship and belonging, set against the relentless creativity and excess of the ’70s and ’80s underground music scenes.

About Kid Congo Powers
Kid Congo Powers is a guitarist and singer-songwriter best known for his work with The Gun Club, the Cramps, and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. He is currently the frontman for Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds. He lives in Tucson, AZ.

About Penelope Houston
On the eve of 1977, a teenaged Penelope moved south from Seattle to attend the San Francisco Art Institute. Within six months her career in visual arts was side-tracked by the formation of the critically acclaimed proto-punk band, the Avengers. Since then she has performed over 1000 shows with the Avengers and her solo bands throughout the USA and Europe. Venues include CBGB’s, The Whiskey a Go Go, Winterland Ballroom, as well as LA MOCA and the De Young Museum in SF. She has released 13 albums with independent and major labels. Her musical career is well-documented in publications from Newsweek to Slash. When not on tour with the reformed Avengers or her solo projects, she paints and draws in her home in Oakland CA. A self-portrait adorns the cover of her most recent album On Market Street. Her music and art can be found online: http://penelope.net/

About Chris Campion
Chris Campion is a British author, journalist, editor, and music producer. His writing, exploring the extremities of popular culture, as well as its beating heart, has been published in The GuardianLA TimesThe TelegraphRolling StoneBizarre, and Vice.

 

 

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Some New Kind of Kick: A Memoir By Kid Congo Powers, Chris Campion (With) Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780306828027
Availability: Coming Soon. Pre-Order Now!
Published: Hachette Books - October 18th, 2022

An intimate, coming-of-age memoir by legendary guitarist Kid Congo Powers, detailing his experiences as a young, queer Mexican-American in 1970s Los Angeles through his rise in the glam rock and punk rock scenes.

Kid Congo Powers has been described as a “legendary guitarist and paragon of cool” with “the greatest resume ever of anyone in rock music." That u


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