James Greene Jr. is the author of This Music Leaves Stains The Complete Story of the Misfits. He's an articulate guy and a good writer. I recommend his book highly.
James interviewed me for the book. I found his work to be very engaging, and I was intrigued by his interest in The Misfits. This led me to ask him some questions.
Tell me a bit about the interplay of social, cultural and interpersonal forces you think contributed to the band's formation. What kind of phenomenon is the Misfits?
I think like a lot of U.S. punk rock the Misfits were driven mostly by suburban complacency and fear of homogenization, both artistically and socially. By the late 1970s Vietnam was over, Watergate was over; what was there to protest?