Punk Rock Paperback – 9 Aug 2012
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"John Robb is as punk rock as The Clash." --Alan McGee, record label owner and musican
"Its unique brand of energy helps make it a riot all its own." "Harp Magazine""
"Robb, in an ambitious compendium, with brief forewords by Michael Bracewell and Black Flag's Henry Rollins, provides those who were there and many of us who listened from a distance in time or space the sensation of freedom." www.PopMatters.com"
"John Robb is a great writer . . . and he is supremely qualified, in my opinion, to talk about punk rock." Mick Jones, The Clash"
"Former Membrane John Robb recognized the gap in the tale that appears in any third person telling: the punks didn't get to tell their side of the story in their own words. So he went to work on picking the brains of over 100 first and second wavers and ended up with "Punk Rock: An Oral History."" www.PsychoBabble200.blogspot.com"
"With its brilliant balance of in-depth information and accessibility, this title will be equally at home on academic, public, and personal library shelves. Essential for punk fans and highly recommended for readers interested in firsthand accounts of the growth of new cultural movements." "Library Journal "(December 2012)"
"It takes a punker to write one of the definitive books on punk rock that exploded on the music scene in the mid-1970s before fragmenting into niches like Oi, Hardcore and Two Tone. John Robb (The Membranes) has written such [a] book." www.IBRNews.com"
"From the early pub scene, to the U.K. debut of The Ramones, from the grrrl power of The Slits, to the chaotic saga of The Sex Pistols, from 1977 to the peak of the second wave and beyond. Robb chronicles it all through those who lived through it." www.DonPalabraz.com"
"I'd say it's as close to a go-to tome as you're gonna get if you're looking for a street-level account of the origins of Europe's wing of the punk revolution." "Razorcake" (February 2013)"
The story of punk, in all its vibrant glory, told for the first time in the words of those who were there --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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That album still gives me an adrenalin rush and funnily enough reading John Robbs excellent Oral History of punk does pretty much the same thing. Taking the views of many of the main participants- John Lydon, Captain Sensible, Rat Scabies, Jake Burns,Howard Devoto, Mick Jones, Brian James,Charlie Harper, Polystyrene, Gaye Advert , Don Letts amongst many others- in a talking heads style the book blasts chronologically from the genesis of the punk movement right through to it,s decline and the legacy it left behind -which in many way is musically at least more impressive than the real thing.
Robb who clearly knows his stuff adds helpful footnotes to guide the less knowledgeable reader through( i include myself here) but only occasionally when recommending albums or very rarely to correct what he feels is a contentious statement ( John Lydons sniffy comments about the U.K. Subs a case in point) does he feel the need to comment on what has been said.
Perhaps more surprisingly the book is also useful in giving pointers to other musical genres.Read more ›
'Punk Rock: An Oral History' is punctuated with lots of great photographs, from Don Letts' looking like the coolest dude in front of his Beatles memorabilia, to the gorgeus Gaye Advert, to The Jam (who get a warranted criticism over some of their apsects) to those art-rock gods Wire. It's all great stuff and a brilliant slice of cultural history - one to file alongside Jon Savage's 'England's Dreaming' as you sit down to watch Don Letts' recent film 'Punk:Attitude.' I won't go on much longer as you really should enjoy it for yourself - I had a browse in a bookshop and found myself reading several pages this Saturday. I had to buy it.Read more ›
How refreshing to finally discover a book on punk rock that acknowledges the importance and relevance of the "second wave of punk", the contribution of the Irish/Scottish bands, the importance of Manchester and other towns and cities outside London, the importance of the lesser bands and doesn't snobbishly ignore the massive contribution made by the Stranglers (yes you Mr Savage) which simply cannot be overlooked in any credible book about the period.
Similarly it seems to only be Messrs Savage and Lydon who don't think that the contribution of bands like the Ruts, the Cockney Rejects and post pounk bands like Killing Joke, Joy Division etc are not important in the overall bigger picture. Noticeable that Lydon disses nearly every band which tells you everything. Superb unbiased account of the whole punk movement and all its variations - highly recommended.
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The Jon Savage book England’s Dreaming : Sex Pistols & punk Rock is noted as the definitive theory of the integers... Read more
a great read which is very informative on the subject of uk punkPublished 5 months ago by sunnisally
Maybe a bit long but overall it's a really good look at punk including the years leading up to 76/77, the second wave of punk, the myriad splinter scenes and how punk has and... Read morePublished 13 months ago by N Fitz York
John Robb put together great people talking about the punk rock movement in the 70s . It is really a great book!Published on 21 Jan. 2014 by Ana
Lots of text! Presents an important period of history in an entirely original wY. You can "hear" the voices in this oral history.Published on 18 Dec. 2013 by Elaine Rayner