Johnny Temple (bassist)

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Johnny Temple
Johnny Temple playing live with Girls Against Boys, 1994.jpg
Temple in 1993
Background information
BornWashington D.C.
Instrumentsbass guitar
Years active1985–present
LabelsDischord, Touch and Go
Associated actsGirls Against Boys, New Wet Kojak, Soulside

Johnny Temple is an American bassist, known best for his work in the post-hardcore bands Soulside and Girls Against Boys.[1] Temple also formed a side project with fellow Girls Against Boys member Scott McCloud called New Wet Kojak.[2] In 1996 he founded Akashic Books out of Brooklyn with the intent of publishing works by independent artists.[3]


Johnny Temple grew up on 16th Street Northwest in Washington D.C. In high school, he worked at a reggae record store where his interest in music peaked. In college he studied the history, culture, and politics of Black Americans at Wesleyan University,[4] eventually earning a master's degree in social work at Columbia University in New York City.

It was during his second year that Temple began playing bass guitar, with much of his influence being drawn from the punk rock and reggae scene in D.C.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Johnny Temple married in 2002 and has two sons.[4] He has lived in Fort Greene, Brooklyn since 1990 and told The New York Times that one of his "goals in life is to leave Fort Greene as little as possible".[6]



Year Title
1988 Trigger
1989 Hot Bodi-Gram

Girls Against Boys[edit]

Year Title
1992 Tropic of Scorpio
1993 Venus Luxure No.1 Baby
1994 Cruise Yourself
1996 House of GVSB
1998 Freak*on*ica
2002 You Can't Fight What You Can't See

New Wet Kojak[edit]

Year Title
1995 New Wet Kojak
1997 Nasty International
2000 Do Things
2003 This Is the Glamorous


  1. ^ Larkin, Colin (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. 10. Oxford University Press. Retrieved April 26, 2013.
  2. ^ Kot, Greg (2007). "New Wet Kojak". Trouser Press. Retrieved April 26, 2013.
  3. ^ "Johnny Temple '88, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Akashic Books, On Publishing". Wesleying. February 10, 2012. Retrieved April 26, 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Little Big Man: Johnny Temple of Akashic Books". Stop Smiling (37). October 31, 2008. Retrieved April 26, 2013.
  5. ^ Cole, Williams; Hamm, Theodore (April 2003). "Johnny Temple with Williams Cole and Theodore Hamm". Retrieved April 26, 2013.
  6. ^ Cotto, Andrew. "How Johnny Temple, Book Publisher and Rocker, Spends His Sundays", The New York Times, May 11, 2018. Accessed October 5, 2018. "Johnny Temple is the publisher and editor in chief of Akashic Books and also plays bass guitar in three bands. He lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, with his wife, Kara Gilmour, 48, a senior director at Gibney Dance, a nonprofit, their two sons, Arthur, 12, and Abraham (Abie), 10, and a Basenji/cattle dog mix named Cuppy. 'One of my goals in life is to leave Fort Greene as little as possible,' said Mr. Temple, 51, who has lived in the neighborhood since 1990."

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