Joe Carducci

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Joe Carducci is an American writer, record producer, and former A&R executive,[1] formerly most closely associated with the influential record label SST Records.[2]

Carducci lived for a time in Chicago[3] before moving to Hollywood in 1976.[4] From 1981 to 1986 he was an A&R man, record producer, and co-owner of SST Records, working with, among other bands, the Minutemen, Saint Vitus, the Meat Puppets, Black Flag and Saccharine Trust. He also ran his own record label, Thermidor Records,[5] which released albums by The Birthday Party, the Minutemen,[5] Oil Tasters, Flipper, Nig Heist, SPK and Al Jourgensen's pre-Ministry band Special Affect.[6]

He wrote lyrics for the song "Jesus & Tequila" by the Minutemen (Double Nickels on the Dime, 1984)[7] and "Chinese Firedrill" from Mike Watt's 1995 solo album Ball-Hog or Tugboat?.[8] He now resides in Centennial, Wyoming, where he runs Redoubt Press and O&O Recordings.

Carducci wrote the screenplays for the 1998 films Rock and Roll Punk[2] and Bullet On A Wire.[2]

In 2007, Carducci published Enter Naomi: SST, L.A. and All That..., which contained his reflections on his time at SST Records and the life and death of former SST photographer Naomi Petersen.[1]


  • Rock and the Pop Narcotic (1991)
  • Enter Naomi: SST, L.A. and All That... (2007)[1]
  • Life Against Dementia: Essays, Reviews, Interviews 1975-2011 (2012)[1]
  • Stone Male: Requiem for the Living Picture (2016)[4]


  1. ^ a b c d Mccaighy, Kevin (May 7, 2013). "The End Of Punk: Joe Carducci Interviewed". The Quietus. Retrieved October 22, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Joe Carducci". Los Angeles Review of Books. Retrieved October 22, 2019.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Rock Music Is Here to Stay". Retrieved October 22, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Cohan, Brad (May 18, 2016). "From Running SST Records to 'Stone Male': The Journey of Joe Carducci". Observer. Retrieved October 22, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Ibarra, Craig (2015). A Wailing Of A Town: An Oral History of Early San Pedro Punk And More 1977-1985. END FWY. pp. 108–109. ISBN 978-0-9860971-0-2.
  6. ^ Kretsch, Ron (July 28, 2015). "Ministry's Al Jourgensen guests on the new single by ONO: A DM premiere". Dangerous Minds. Retrieved October 22, 2019.
  7. ^ Fournier, Michael T. (2007). Double Nickels on the Dime (33 1/3). Continuum. p. 89. ISBN 978-0826427878.
  8. ^ "Mike Watt: Ball-Hog or Tugboat?". Allmusic. Retrieved October 22, 2019.