Punching Nazis

And Other Good Ideas

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About The Book

Keith Lowell Jensen thinks you should punch Nazis. In this collection of essays, stories, interviews, and rants, he tells us why.
Jensen grew up and into the Sacramento punk music scene in the late eighties and early nineties, where weirdos, LGBTQ folk, feminists, and allies strived to carve out safe community spaces. This scene also attracted a different kind of outsider--white supremacists and Nazi skinheads—making for a politically charged and complicated landscape. In Punching Nazis, he reflects on his experiences with these racist fringe groups that infiltrated the progressive scene that gave rise to bands like Green Day. From unwittingly driving around in a lowrider with a gang called “The Suicidals,” to a night doing stand-up with a clown with an unwanted Swastika tattoo, Jensen brings his brand of subtle, sincere comedy to reflect on the complicated relationship that punk music has with racist skinheads and what we should do about it.
In recent times, Americans are surprised to find groups like the Klan, and more recently the "Racial Realists" and the "Alt-Right," are still prominent, and now as they grow increasingly emboldened, it’s intriguing and valuable to hear tales of those who, through the love of punk rock music, have a history of dealing with racist fringe groups.

About The Author

Keith Lowell Jensen is a stand-up comedian known for his subtle, smart approach, and his compelling storytelling that focuses on atheism, anarchy, and dystopian themes.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Skyhorse (May 2018)
  • Length: 248 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781510733749

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Raves and Reviews

“Lowell's subtle humor shines through his meandering storytelling style. And at the same time, he reminds us that the streak of emboldened racist groups in our current political climate isn't new—punks have been punching Nazis for decades.”—East Bay Express, “Your Summer Reading List”

“[Punching Nazis] is a unique portal into America’s white supremacy problem, specifically the country’s short-term memory, and it’s done with a lot of humor.”—Sacramento News and Review

Praise for Keith Lowell Jensen

"Keith Lowell Jensen is hilarious!"--Roseanne Barr

"4 Stars" --TimeOut New York

"Hilarious. A demented masterpiece."--The Washington Post on "Atheist Christmas"

"You're gonna love Jensen's style of subtle, smart storytelling"--Austin Chronicle

“Lowell's subtle humor shines through his meandering storytelling style. And at the same time, he reminds us that the streak of emboldened racist groups in our current political climate isn't new—punks have been punching Nazis for decades.”—East Bay Express, “Your Summer Reading List”

“[Punching Nazis] is a unique portal into America’s white supremacy problem, specifically the country’s short-term memory, and it’s done with a lot of humor.”—Sacramento News and Review

Praise for Keith Lowell Jensen

"Keith Lowell Jensen is hilarious!"--Roseanne Barr

"4 Stars" --TimeOut New York

"Hilarious. A demented masterpiece."--The Washington Post on "Atheist Christmas"

"You're gonna love Jensen's style of subtle, smart storytelling"--Austin Chronicle

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