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While I really enjoy having this book for the nostalgia value, I bought it at the horrible original price (at the beloved Tower Books on Mercer, R.I.P.) -- and though I love that the run of the zine was collected, they weren't that good. Proof that not everything punk has necessarily started great and gotten worse.
More complete than the other, earlier reprint, titled The Bible. The other reprint has better reproductions of the zines - it looks like it was done from the original boards rather than photocopies. There's also a "blurb" by zine editor Mark Perry and a dialogue between him and SG contributor Danny Baker, and a bunch of contemporary photos. And there's a listening guide with 10 each pre-punk, punk and post-punk - the only artist I was not familiar with was Doll By Doll, listed for their first al ...more
A fascinating history and look at how Mark Perry, with help from some of his friends, helped create the original and highly influential UK punk fanzine "Sniffin' Glue." Includes tons of beautiful photos and reprints of the first 12 issues of the 'zine. A must have for any punk worth his weight in safety pins.