Punk: Loud, Young and Snotty - The Stories Behind the Songs (Stories Behind Every Song Series) Paperback – 3 Feb 2004
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But if you are looking to find out the stories behind the songs - as the subtitle of this book implies - look elsewhere. If you want to know the genesis of a certain song, or what the band had in mind when writing it, forget it. You won't find it here.
What you will get is a one page - sometimes more - summary of the band and the titles of some of their top hits or signature songs. But you will not get the story behind the songs. It's as if the author was writing a quick history of the band and near the end realized he didn't mention any of their songs, so he just threw in a word or two about it.
For example, concerning The Damned and their second single, "Neat Neat Neat" the "story" behind the song is as follows: "This, released in February of 1977, was The Damned's second single - released at a time when most of their Brit punk contemporaries hadn't even made it into the studio. And it remains The Damned's finest moment."
That's it. Two sentences. All true. But hardly the story behind the song.
Basically what you have here is a pretty good encapsulation of some of the major (and not so major) punk bands of the '70s and their attitudes towards their music and music in general. But that's as far as it goes.
If you're looking to find out the meaning of a certain song, or the story behind it, this book is not the one you want. But if you want a quick history of the '70s punk movement, this book will satisfy.
It's well worth the $0.01 I paid for it just for that alone.
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