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on 8 June 2002
It is clear that considerable research has been undertaken by Joynson to produce what is a really useful reference book for fans of punk, new wave, power pop and the mod revival. The entries are variable in depth - from a few lines to a few pages - with the shorter ones sometimes leaving you a little hungry to find out more, but that's a small criticism. It's certainly the result of an ambitious undertaking and could have resulted in several seperate books (e.g. one on 'punk', one on 'mod', one on 'new wave', etc), but it does benefit from this wider remit as there were close links between these scenes, which are highlighted with some useful cross-references. On this note, one exclusion, which the author himself highlights in the foreword is that of 2 Tone. This is a disappointment as 2-Tone was informed by, and linked to, the preceeding punk, mod and ska scenes. To put some understandable parameters on the book's remit, Joynson has also phased concentrated on the 1976-1982 period. For completeness it would have been nice to have proceeded to the current day, as a considerable number of the artists from the period have re-formed in the 1990s, but I guess if the author had done so the book might not have seen the light of day yet due to the further research needed! With the rise of the net it would have also been useful to have included web site addresses for the artists as many do have at least pages done by or dedicated to them - these could have provided the reader with easy access to further information. Saying all this, Up Yours! is a useful guide that this reader certainly keeps pulling off the shelf!
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on 14 August 2008
I found 121 mistakes in letters A-C, then I have thrown the book in the garbage. Vernon Joynson made a couple of great reference books on 60s/early 70s music, but Punk is not his cup of tea, his knowledge on the subject is poor and it clearly shows. A random sample of the chaos in every page? Page 74: CARDIAC ARREST: there were two bands of the same name and both issued a lone 7" in 1979: one of them later changed moniker to The Cardiacs, who are a well-known cult band even today. Well, Joynson says that the "wrong" Cardiac Arrest became The Cardiacs and the "right" Cardiac Arrest were a combo from Lancashire. A disaster...
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on 20 February 2013
Yes, as one reviewer points out there are some mistakes, but in over 500 pages on such a diverse subject you would expect that.

Of greater significance is the wealth and depth of information on the early releases and history of bands you will have heard of and many you won't. They all have a place here and many stories overlap as band members shift between groups. On top of this you get a glimpse of rare record sleeves and band photos. Where else can you see images of Toyah playing a pub in Barnet in 1979?

Brilliant, if not perfect, but you'll return to it time and time again.
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on 6 June 2011
In just over an 8 year period of U K music the author disects and analyses in over 600 pages.Beginning at 1976 at what led to punk and New Wave by the next decade taking in just about every strain of music which added to the ever continuing story of 80s music as the ultimate trainspotter guide.
Punk is of minimal interest to me but 80s music is of more interest especially Indie which led eventually into Tweepop-not covered here as it didn't exist but was basically a return to 60s music.
Much of the music was plain ugly especially the Oi stuff and some of the New Romantic was no more than prog rock under another name.
However the book is very impressive and when the authors other books are added you wonder just how his mind works how his brain can hold so much information.
Yet some plonker reviewer here takes him to task and admits to throwing the book in the garbage because he found pages of mistakes!
So he says anyway-this is just a reference book you don't read it end to end you just loom at all the pictures of the sleeves.
I couldn't find the Victims Of Pleasure who were founded in 1982 from the ashes of the 70s band No Dice and I couldn't find the Simonics.So in spite of over 1000 entries some are missing
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