If, like me, you know that punk didn't start with CBGB's and move over to London, then this is the book for you. The writing is minimal but accurate and unbiased and the images and iconography is the best I've ever come across. There's tons of evidence that punk was a global phenomenon brewing slowly from the 1950s and pretty much a feature on the overground 'underground' scene by 1970, even the band "Suicide" have a gig flyer "Punk Music By Suicide" December 13, 1970, and where does Richard "I invented punk" Hell make his first appearance - page 124, and then he's quickly by-passed as he's looking quite suave actually, (we all know he nicked his best ideas from the Cleveland scene anyway).
I love this book there are photos, artworks, covers of zerox'd magazines and underground press flyers (a miracle they survived), tons of pre-punk punk-iconography, rare record covers (The Bees form 1966), Vivian Westwood pre-punk (Jerry Lee Lewis) zipper t-shirt. Modern punk only gets a passing mention at the end of the book, just as it should be.