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Armed with Anger: How UK Punk Survived the Nineties
by Ian Glasper
Following on from his successful trilogy of books about the UK's underground punk scene of the Eighties, Ian Glasper's 'Armed With Anger: How UK Punk Survived The Nineties' is the fourth and final book in this well-received, critically-acclaimed series, this time focusing on the much-maligned period of the Nineties. Thought by many to be an absolute nadir in the history of ...more
ebook, 632 pages
Published July 1st 2012 by Cherry Red Books
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After reading the '80s trilogy, I couldn't resist picking up this, essentially an extended afterward. It's a noble effort, but an evening spent with it soon proves that the volume essentially defeats its own stated purpose-- rather than showing that the much-maligned '90s UK scene had in fact produced much of worth comparable to the '80s, this makes it only too clear just how bleak things were. Against '80s outfits with the depth and influence of Crass, Conflict, Discharge, Napalm Death, Blitz, ...more
I've enjoyed all of Ian Glasper's punk history books but this is the one that I can relate to most having been around and seeing many of these bands. Some great stories, as always and written with so much enthusiasm that you find yourself wanting to check out the bands you'd never heard of before. Brings back memories of sending off for these records from distros and reading Fracture!