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4.0 out of 5 stars Explores the nether regions of punk!
Does exactly what it sets out to do; examining in detail some of the punk subcultures, such as, anarcho-punk, queer-core, straight-edge etc.. Gives you an exhaustive list of bands for you to wet your appetite, communicates the feel part of the scene tries to convey and gives the Oi! and straight-edge scene a much needed critique.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I wouldn't really recomend this
This book is guilty of being extremely selective with it's facts. The author has a tendency to promote his view of the punk and hardcore scene whilst overlooking evidence to the contrary. Although this book does have a good grounding in punk history I wouldn't recomend it to newcomers to the scene because of the one-sided account it offers. People who already know...
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2.0 out of 5 stars I wouldn't really recomend this, 17 May 2001
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This review is from: The Philosophy of Punk: More Than Noise!! (Paperback)
This book is guilty of being extremely selective with it's facts. The author has a tendency to promote his view of the punk and hardcore scene whilst overlooking evidence to the contrary. Although this book does have a good grounding in punk history I wouldn't recomend it to newcomers to the scene because of the one-sided account it offers. People who already know about punk might just find the authors attitudes mildly irritating (check out his back-slapping attitude to anarcho-punk but complete misrepresentation of other areas of the scene). Good pics though.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Explores the nether regions of punk!, 24 April 2011
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This review is from: The Philosophy of Punk: More Than Noise!! (Paperback)
Does exactly what it sets out to do; examining in detail some of the punk subcultures, such as, anarcho-punk, queer-core, straight-edge etc.. Gives you an exhaustive list of bands for you to wet your appetite, communicates the feel part of the scene tries to convey and gives the Oi! and straight-edge scene a much needed critique.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Philosophy of Punk, 21 Jun 2009
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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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good attempt at defining the undefinable, 27 May 2008
This review is from: The Philosophy of Punk: More Than Noise!! (Paperback)
This is not your typical punk rock book. There's an endless amount of books covering the history of punk, almost always ending before the 80's. This is not one of them. This is about punk as a continuing subculture. There are also tonnes of books about the music and the bands. This is not one of them either. This is specifically about the most significant social and political philosophies that punk has grown to represent (when it's not clowning around doing songs about masturbation).This is not a book to get if you're going to complain that your favourite band isn't in it. Any bands that are mentioned are done so to back up a specific point, nothing more as this book is not about them but about the scene of which they are just one part.

This is a book that is likely to divide readers and as such it should be a must-read for any punk rockers. Whether you agree with it or not it will give you something to shout about. The fact remains that there are no other books like this around and I would like to question why. When there are so many who will disagree with it, why hasn't anyone (as the authour suggests) written their own philosophy of punk? It seems a lot of punkers are very good at complaining but forget that the golden philosophy uniting all factions is "do it yourself".

I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is interested in punk, as it makes it's case well, and comes from within the scene not from some snooty academic. However don't take it as gospel, you're not intended to. Punk is such a huge subject that no one book can properly do it justice. But this should definitely be on any punk rocker or punk fan's reading list. And if you don't like it write your own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Punk is a naive anarchistic philosophy, 1 Nov 2003
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This book is extremely important to understand the punk movement that started in the US in the mid 70s and exploded in the world from Great Britain in the late 70s with The Sex Pistols and The Clash. The book tends to show that this musical movement, this new stage in rock development is unique and lasting. This is true and false at the same time. Music in the United States, and elsewhere in the world, has always been a medium to convey ideas and protest. Folksongs, Gospels, Protest songs, Jazz, Negro Spirituals, Working Class songs, Blues and even Rock and Roll per se have been such media. Nothing new under the sun as for that. We could also quote the use of songs and music by all kinds of tyrannical regimes, or plainly national anthems. We could even quote centuries of church music and sacred music as expressing political ideas in their days. So, what makes the difference with the punk movement ? The author is very clear about it, even if the ideas he expresses here and there are not always perfectly clear. First it is the result of the consciousness among a wide mass of young people, initiallly coming from the working class or alienated classes in cities, suburbs or the countryside, of the fact that they were the victims of an alienation. It became particularly visible in the 70s when a certain affluence among the population at large - in our countries - made it all the more visible : those who did not have anything, those who had no shelter, home, commodities, even decent food, became very conscious of their depravation. The Blacks first of all (and it led to famous inner city aznd ghetto riots), but here, with the punk movement, the whites. This led to strong Black movements like the Black Panthers or the Black Muslims among the Blacks. This led to the punk movement - and also the skinhead movement - among the whites. They used their music to differentiate themselves from dominant society. And they conveyed a style and ideas that were and still are mostly against all kinds of alienation, hence they got in touch with and at times integrated the anarchist movement or at least philosophy. Their music was derived from rock and roll and tried to use sounds, harmony and rhythm to create something sounding in complete negation with all that had been done before, and thus they tried to disrupt the musical scene. They took clear stands on essential issues in our societies. First of all against the government, the police, the state and they became political anarchists advocating the uselessness of such institutions to enable people to live in peace and quiet, provided these people accepted to share responsibilities, means and objectives : self-government became their motto. They opposed any war and even the army as useless, ruthless and dangerous. They became total pacifists. In the same line they advocated, most of them, non violence. They fought against any kind of discrimination : racism, sexism, homophobia, agism, and many others. Female groups became very popular and visible on the punk stage. They also got involved in the ecological movement. But they seem to forget, or neglect, the fact that they have been very fast recuperated by the major labels, by the media even, because young people are a market and CDs or clothing or beauty products are highly profitable. They tried to build some kind of an alternative economy, but it remained marginal and it did not change the world. The Berlin Wall fell because masses of people wanted it to fall because their development was warped and slowed down by state communism that was in fact nothing more than state capitalism with a feudalistic market economy. The book is yet extremely rich and interesting in references, quotations, and all kinds of historical and chronological elements, without forgetting the ideological presentation of punk anarchy. A must if we want to understand the role youth is playing in our societies, and the power of music as a medium of young people's ideology, even if it is only in the music itself, the rebellion against the musical norms of any time. In a word Mozart would have been a Punk in our days, and he was a Punk in his days.
Dr Jacques COULARDEAU
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