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Book on History of Punk

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Commander X, Mar 26, 2012.

  1. Commander X

    Commander XNew Member New Member




    May 29, 2011
    Just wondering if anyone had a recommendation of a good book on the history of Punk? I found "Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk" when I Googled, anybody read that?

  2. crustybeckham

    crustybeckhamExperienced Member Uploader Experienced member Forum Member




    Jan 22, 2012
    I very strongly recommend these three books written by Ian Glapser:
    "Burning Britain" about the second wave of punk in Britain (GBH, Chaos UK, Discharge, Abrasive Wheels, Rejects, Upstarts, Exploited and so on).
    "The Day the Country Died" about British anarcho-punk from the early 80's (Crass, Antisect, Conflict, Subhumans, Alternative, Toxic Waste, Dirt, Omega Tribe, The Mob, Peni...).
    "Trapped in a scene" about British hardcore and early crust punk from 85 to 90 (Doom, Heresy, Ripcord, Extreme Noise Terror, Sacrilege, Axegrinder, Deviated Instinct, Stupids, Hellbastard...).
    The three books contain interviews with all the bands with pictures.

  3. Mike Generic

    Mike GenericExperienced Member Uploader Experienced member Forum Member




    Mar 29, 2010
    American Hardcore was alright, if you take it with a fist-sized grain of salt.
    Treat Me Like Dirt is a really good, in depth look at the really early Toronto punk scene.

    I haven't really found very many good books on the history of punk as a movement. I've found some really good band biography books though; I, Shithead (D.O.A.) by Joey Shithead, The Story of Crass by George Berger, Husker Du: The Noise Pop Pioneers Who Launched Modern Rock by Andrew Earles, Personality Crisis: Warm Beer and Wild Times by Chris Walter were all really good. Also, like crustybeckham said, Burning Britain and The Day The Country Died are both awesome.
  4. Derek Danger

    Derek DangerExperienced Member Experienced member Forum Member




    Jan 29, 2010
    The book "Footnote" by Boff Whalley (Chumbawamba) is a realy good band biography, with some great material about the development of punk rock in provincial Britain.