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A good read,
This review is from: Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk (Paperback)
This book adopts the formula of quite a few other recent books about punk. Or maybe it was the first.It consistes of stories and snippets from interviews, pieced together chronologically and weaved into an oral history that needs much reading between the lines. Who's version of events it true? Perhaps all of them are true to the interviewees. Whatever the doubts may be, this is a cracking good read and I had to read the whole thing in one go. It has it's funny moments, some of the characters are over the top and their is no moral posturing here. What struck me most though was the overwhelming feeling of under-achievement and loathing. It was kind of sad to read how talented musicians adopted the old rock 'n' roll cliches and never reached their full potential. Many of the characters have bittersweet memories of the time, many just enjoyed the ride.
I won't divulge any more, suffice to say, this is worth reading and does provide further insight into the whole Stooges, CBGB's, Noo Yawk punk thing.