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A superb tome! Nostalgia brought up to date.
on 28 October 2004
I fully agree with the previous reviewers' comments. There is a plethora of books about the late 70's punk scene, in particular The Sex Pistols, and though this period maybe considered a more 'important' time, the early 80s brought a huge amount of diversification within the punk genre and, for me at least, was a more exciting period (though I guess being a little too young for the 70s may have something to do with it). In this book Ian Glasper does a superb job in covering what was probably the biggest punk offshoot: 'hardcore' (and we're not talking hardhouse/techno/whatever stuff here).
Covering about 100 bands by the region of the UK in which they emerged, each band is given a solid 3-8 pages including their history, essential discography, rare photos and funny stories to keep us all entertained. Too many to mention here but just to name some of the well-known outfits (not all ready mentioned) : Blitz, One Way System, Anti-Nowhere League, Abrasive Wheels, English Dogs, Peter & the Test Tube Babies, Chaos UK, Partisans, Outcasts; and some of the lesser known bands: the Destructors, Mayhem, Major Accident, Resistance 77, Violators, Demob, Red Alert etc. etc.
Though the author does say that other early 80s punk offshoots are not covered in this edition, he does include some that provide a kind of crossover: 4-Skins (Oi/skinhead); Disorder (anarchist); Angelic Upstarts (2nd wave?); UK Decay (goth); and the Newtown Neurotics (often referred to as soul-punk, though, bar the Redskins, I can't think of any other bands with this tag!).
There is also a chapter highlighting several leading record companies that are 'keeping the flag flying', their discographies, the Holidays in the Sun concerts, and other book releases.
It would be great to think that Ian Glasper plans a book for each of the early 80s punk offshoots. He mentions that the anarchists will be coming, but here's hoping for more 2nd wave (Ruts etc), Oi and even goth and grebo? Maybe there would not be a big enough market for this but I would like to think that not just 'those that were around at the time' are going to pick up this current title, but also anyone remotely interested in this hugely diverse music genre, and that includes fans of bands like Green Day whose lead singer has proclaimed that they are 'far more punk than the Sex Pistols ever were'. Loved the last video guys; how much did that cost?
I have been waiting for a book like this to come along for ages, so here's to you, Mr Glasper. And if you've managed to pick yourself up a copy then go and get the equally good DVD of the same name. Some real gems here!