Disturbing the Peace


Disturbing the Peace chronicles the wide-ranging story of 415 Records and is based on extensive interviews with founders Howie Klein and Chris Knab, plus members of the nearly 30 acts who released music on the label. These key individuals offered their insight, memories and stories as well.

Howie Klein
Co-founder of 415 Records.

Chris Knab
Co-founder of 415 Records, owner of Aquarius Records.

Bruce Dickinson
product manager at Columbia/CBS
A good friend and close associate of Howie Klein, Dickinson worked on promotion of 415 Records artists during the Columbia era, specifically The Red Rockers, Romeo Void, Translator and Wire Train.

Dan Levitin
A freelance producer and talent scout, Levitin cultivated acts and oversaw the demo-making process for several. None of those acts was signed by 415 Records.

David Kahne
Starting out as a night-shift phone receptionist at Wally Heider's studio, Kahne got into production and became one of the most important figures in the 415 Records story. A de facto A&R man for a label that never had one, Kahne produced many 415 acts including Pearl Harbor and the Explosions, Pop-O-Pies, Romeo Void, The Red Rockers, Translator and Wire Train.

Denise Sullivan
Sullivan was deeply immuersed in the Bay Area new music scene, working for Bill Graham Presents, handling promotion for 415 Records, deejaying on the radio and writing for print publications.

Ed Stasium
Bringing an impressive résumé including production work for the Ramones and Talking Heads, Stasium produced the third and fourth albums (Translator and Evening of the Harvest) by 415 artists Translator.

Ginger Coyote
writer/editor, Punk Globe
As editor of influential Bay Area music magazine Punk Globe, Coyote had an up-close perspective on the new music scene of the late '70s and early 1980s.

Greg Beebe
Beebe wrote about music for several Bay Area papers during the 415 Records era.

Jello Biafra
The front man of Dead Kennedys, Biafra was also a key part of the area's music scene, and friends with The Red Rockers.

Joel Selvin
As the music writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, Selvin was among the most highly-regard and high-profile journalists working the Bay Area music beat.

Matt Wallace
Just a few years into his career as a producer, Wallace was behind the recording console for the making of Monkey Rhythm's This Must Be the Place EP.

Michael Givens
Givens was part of the team responsible for making Wire Train's "Last Perfect Thing" music video.

Patricia Rodriguez
A fan and good friend of the members of Translator, Rodriguez attended countless numbers of the band's gigs, and attended the release party for Translator's debut album, Heartbeats and Triggers.

Penelope Houston
Leader of The Avengers, Houston was at the forefront of the punk movement in San Francisco.

Peter Maunu
Fresh out of adventurous band Group 87, Maunu produced Wire Train's best album, Between Two Words, at a studio in Vienna, Austria.

Peter Soe
graphic artist
415 Records' artistic director, Soe was involved in creating visuals for singles and album sleeves as well as other promotional materials.

Queenie Taylor
A 415 Records silent partner whose role was nonetheless very important, Taylor brought business sense and connections to the label.

Sarah Cain
A longtime fan of The Uptones, Cain was witness to the young band's rise.

Steve Seid
Seid did press and promotional writing for 415 Records in the period when the label transitioned from an indie to part of the Columbia Records monolith.

Stu Cook
Former bassist with Creedence Clearwater Revival, Cook produced Roky Erickson and the Aliens' album The Evil One, working under what can only be described as difficult conditions.

Susan Klein
No relation to Howie Klein but a good friend and associate, Susan Klein wrote about music for local and national publications.

Tim Palmer
British producer Tim Palmer worked with Wire Train in the making of their third album, Ten Women.

Trudy Fisher
Fisher shot many 415 Records artists, especially during the CBS/Columbia era.

Hugh Brown
Brown is responsible for the iconic 415 Records logo as well as the distinctive photo used as the cover of the 415 Music compilation LP (and the cover of Bill Kopp's book about 415, Disturbing the Peace).


Disturbing the Peace [book cover image]

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