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Punk Fiction: An Anthology of Short Stories Inspired by Punk [Hardcover]

Johnny Marr , Janine Bullman
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6 April 2009
"Punk Fiction" is an anthology of short stories, poems and illustrations submitted by an impressive line up of contributors. Each piece of work shares one unifying theme - everything included in this collection will be inspired by a punk rock song. The book will open with a foreword by former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr. Contributors have been hand-picked from the generations that followed the punk revolution; those at the forefront of contemporary popular culture, who have been (and are still being) influenced by the movement, rather than punk's original vanguard. Though they are drawn mainly from music, those involved also embrace all corners of the arts and include some of the most exciting contemporary authors around. The book will act as proof (if any were needed) that the punk rock legacy was not merely musical but that the stones it cast upon the surface of cultural life created ripples that reached into every corner, and exerted a force that continues to this day. £1 from this book will be donated to The Teenage Cancer Trust with every book sold.

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  • Hardcover: 267 pages
  • Publisher: Portico (6 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906032661
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906032661
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 18.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 580,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Various authors, drawn from the cutting edge of UK music and the arts have contributed to this outstanding collection. They include Billy Bragg, Nicholas Hogg, Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Alison Mosshart (The Kills), Will Hodgkinson, Alan Donohoe (The Rakes), Billy Childish and Kate Jackson (The Long Blondes).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Grimly Fiendish: Punk Fiction 9 April 2009
Here's a song, here's another song, here's a third. Now go and write a story.

Skinheads in Doc Martin boots. Leather jackets daubed with hand-painted band insignias. Piercings and studs glinting on Commercial Street. Mohawks, ripped denim, chains. Pogoing, throwing back cans of cheap lager at gigs, buying bootleg cassettes. Punk. Here's a chord. Never mind the bollocks. Here's another. We don't care. Here's a third. Now go form a band.

I stumbled across this new anthology, a tribute to the punk that dominated my teenage years in the early 2000s - almost two decades after it all began - quite by chance. I was seduced by the concept - thirty-one short stories written by an elite selection of writers and musicians of the post-punk generation, inspired by the movement that swept first the UK, then the world in the late seventies.

The contributors worked for free, and include musicians such as Billy Bragg, Billy Childish, Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Kate Jackson (The Long Blondes), Alison Mosshart (The Kills), and writers like Kate Pullinger and Joolz Denby (although that really is just scratching the surface) with a forward by Johnny Marr of The Smiths, and afterward by John Robb, iconic journalist and vocalist of Goldblade.

Each piece is tied intrinsically to the punk scene of the late 70s-early 80s and inspired by a plethora of punk songs - The Buzzcocks, The Ramones, The Ruts, Talking Heads, Sex Pistols, Iggy Pop, The Slits and Patti Smith all feature (to name but a few).

The stories vary wildly in style and subject matter, depending on the author's experience, preference and point of inspiration. Some remain staccato-short.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oi!!! 24 July 2009
Punk Rockers raising money for charity might be slightly off-ethos but I suppose you can forgive it. Well... it's for a good cause. Not only that though it's a really great `switch off for a while' read. Nothing near to challenging, it's all at once nostalgic and in parts completely uplifting. Written by those involved, engaged or simply inspired by the movement, this collection of stories will either take you back with a smile on your face (if you are of the required certain age) or just make you wish it was 1977 again and you had just enough money in your pocket for two 7" singles and a tub of EVO. Which is high recommendation indeed from this reviewer
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By Bobby Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER
For those of us who still believe in the punk ethos this is a worthy book, for a good cause as well. The key word for this book is enthusiasm - as it drips from every page. It may not be the best writing in the world but the passion, phlegm, anger and vitriol of punk is well served by this collection of short stories. My one gripe is the absence of genuine punks, such as Charlie Harper, amongst the literary talent on show - as his down to earth style would have been perfect for this book. Still, no matter, it is a good, solid book that punks, punkettes and spotty herberts will enjoy. If you like this (and enjoy books on punk) may I also recommend the book: One Love Two Colours: The Unlikely Marriage of a Punk Rocker and His African Queen by Margaret Oshindele - a book that shows the trials and tribulations of being married to a punk rocker.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab book, great delivery. 20 Dec 2012
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Bought this as a birthday present for my brother-in-law, who enjoyed reading it very much. Product was as described and delivery was excellent. Would use vendor again and recommend book to a friend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read. 17 July 2014
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I enjoyed it greatly, as it brought back memories of great songs. 'Another Girl Another Planet' by the Only Ones, what a song, and what a story.

Great book.
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