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Yank punks junk Brit punks
on 7 November 2002
Interesting confessionals from American proto-punks desperately trying to say they invented punk. They certainly did, in the form of two-minute masterpiece geniuses The Ramones. Joey, Dee-Dee and Co. provide a lot of the best material here, but unfortunately a lot of the book is taken up with minor figures like the Dead Boys and their supporters banging on about how great they were and what a bunch of derivative copyists the Sex Pistols were, and accusing Rotten, Vicious Cook and Jones of somehow stealing punk.
Apart from the whining and carping... no BECAUSE of the whining and carping and other revealings of their many stigmata, this is a really interesting book. Their day done, these characters are thoughtful and reflective. Rather than being melancholy nostalgia junkies, though, they offer a clear-eyed (if bleary) portrait of the 70s and 80s in the belly of American indie rock. A great advert for just saying no to drugs, whisky, record company executives...