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!
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...
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.