This is a follow-up to same author's¨ Burning Britain ¨; first in a series of 3 books on the history of punk rock by Ian Glasper, journalist and punk-rock historian. Much better written if as in the same fashion as BBritain, that is to say, bands by geographical order - interviews with the musicians and discographies, this volume is a much more interesting read in that the musical style of every band is better described by either the author and/or the interviewed musicians. Of course that may also stem from the more varied, thoughtful and political insights of the anarcho-punk band members, movement about this volume revolves exclusively (1980 to 1985). Of course the author has shown his personal preferences by including, yet again, a lot of totally unknown bands leaving some of the more well known (Poison Girls come to mind, though they're so constantly refered to one gets some idea about them ). This volume is yet again presented to the reader as a horrible black&white paperback edition ONLY, which tends to fall apart if you, like me, re-read it very often as the source of reference it is. But hey, I guess the idea is to keep the price low (???) and that doesn't detract from the excellence of its contents. If you like bands like Crass, Conflict and the like, this'll make the most interesting thing you can do (......)
on 21 November 2006
I don't understand the use of the title in this context but I loved the book. A rare and revealing document of an exciting, passionate, visionary yet hopelessly naive, bleak and not so puritanical underground scene. All the big fish and many minnows are featured in glorious detail though a few of the dates are out. I would have also have liked a little more on what all of the bands are doing today but its a work of real dedication and is proof that this scene was so much more vital than the cartoon oi punks of the previous book - well done Mr. Glasper but where was the no 'pay no more than' on the cover???...(joke!)
on 5 January 2011
As somebody who was born just as this was all kicking off, I really enjoyed this book. I have listened to a lot of these records, but wasn't aware of punk when this was happening and didn't see for myself how it grew and changed over time. I found a lot of this really interesting, as it presents various versions of who-did-what and looks at what people are doing/thinking now that the movement's changed. Loads of bands have been interviewed here too, a serious ammount of legwork has gone into this. It's also inspired me to check out a few of the bands that I missed out on when i discovered punk in the mid/late 1990s, cheers!