In 2015, Benjamin Villegas traveled to Texas in an attempt to write the biography of a music group that could have changed the history of rock: ELPASO, a Chicano band from the U.S.-Mexico border with a punk sensibility, a long since-defunct crew, and little left to remember it by but a suitcase of fanzines and one-off recordings.
This is the story of one of the many bands that will never appear in rock n’ roll history books, but is at the core of the scene; a band that earned its stripes from sweaty fans and self-taught rock aficionados in basements, garages, and small venues across the country. This is the story of two kids who came together to embrace the punk ethos of the 80’s and be a part of the rock n’ roll revolution sweeping the US, a world of the Ramones, Black Flag, and, of course, ELPASO.
"A wild, imaginative ride based around the musical history of both my musical and literal birthplace. So we’ll crafted and detailed that I’m now having a difficult time discerning whether it did all indeed really happen. Highly recommended." –Jim Ward, lead singer of Sparta and cofounder of At the Drive In
“[ELPASO] builds to a robust conclusion, and the blistering descriptions of live performances are top-notch.” – Publisher's Weekly
"Did I really see ELPASO or do they just represent the hundred or so bands I witnessed on a near nightly schedule when I was growing up? I’m not exactly sure, but Benjamin Villegas takes me right back to those extraordinary days in this enchanting book, so vividly I can smell the players & the venues!” — Ronnie Barnett, bassist for The Muffs
"The amount of research that went into this book is unfathomable, and it truly brings the El Paso punk scene of the 1980s to life in a way that nobody has or has even thought to do before." —David Fletcher, Dallas Observer
"[ELPASO] builds to a robust conclusion, and the blistering descriptions of live performances are top-notch." —Publishers Weekly