This will be of minor interest to anyone who's into punk, but it's got a very random structure and some odd choices of lists, for example, when you buy a book about punk, do you care what types of pizza eaterie someone recommends, or why some old Maximum Rock 'n' Roll columnist doesn't like vegetarians? No, you probably don't. A few of the lists are more interesting and well-devised, such as "how punks got their nicknames" etc, but the biggest problem with the book is the narrowness of it's scope - it tends to only include the most well-known of the 70's and 90's bands (skipping over a hell of a lot completely), and the same names come up again and again - Sex Pistols, Ramones, New York Dolls, Iggy Pop, The Cramps, then a little bit of modernity - Green Day, Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Blink 182. There are others (and strangely quite a few very obscure and inconsequential ones get thrown in), but those names just come up again and again and again. All bands that any real fan tends to have already heard all the stories and anecdotes about anyway - some less well-known (or just downright obvious) inclusions would have been nice.
Taint rite a callin' this here book official when it ain't not!
how can it be an official book if it makes no mention of "Puke,Spit,and Guts " their lp was sooooooooooo good. classic tunes. trendy lyrics. (i never knew luv could be true, til' i puked on the sidewalk and it said i luv you.... wer'e gonna have a luv so truuuee....., waste him! snuff her!) that ultra groovy duet sung by Captain Worm and Marie Manslaughter.