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The Philosophy of Punk, 21 Jun 2009
My first thought on reading this book is it's somewhat hit and miss quality, that makes me wonder where the author is now and will they ever do a revised edition? It was written some time ago and would perhaps benefit from updating to take into account developments since. It is a brave, trailblazing but often seriously flawed work, which depends heavily on selective evidence- for example large areas are referanced to various North American Zines, while not embracing wider research. Another annoyance is the use of the Harvard referancing system, which in my opinion clutters up the text unessesarily. I also think it should have been sent for wider review than Maximum Rock and Roll, a publication that looms large over the whole book.
Despite these problems the book is a brave effort and we need more of these works in a time when Punk culture seems to be increasingly sidelined and neglected.