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Human Punk

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  481 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
For fifteen-year-old Martin, growing up in Slough, the summer of 1977 means punk rock, reggae music, disco girls, stolen cars, social-club lager, cut-throat Teds and a job picking cherries with the gypsies. Life is sweet - until he is beaten up and thrown in the Grand Union Canal with his best mate Smiles.

Fast forward to 1988, and Joe is traveling home on the Trans-Siberia
ebook, 352 pages
Published January 25th 2011 by Vintage Digital (first published 2000)
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Mar 31, 2012 Thevioletmaniac rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Немного о жанре. Эту книгу я начала читать сразу после прочтения классического «Человека, который смеется» Гюго и именно поэтому контраст жанров виден просто уууууух как. Если вы взяли в руки заветную черно-оранжевую книжку не ждите, что там будут пушистые щенки, принцессы и розовые пони, готовьтесь к ненормативной лексике и внезапному сюжету. Поэтому альтернатива для меня самый любимый жанр, черно-оранжевые книжки – самые любимые книжки, да и о чем говорить, если Паланик – мой самый любимый авт ...more
Sep 21, 2014 Ardi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music
Fuckin' brilliant. Took me so long to read, but that's because of personal reasons.

Anyway, reading this was great, I've always been an Anglophile, the music most especially and the culture. I could say that half of the slangs used I could properly understand, but the others are just way too Brit for me. Nonetheless, this is such a great read. Very interesting, actually.

I never had any proper introduction to punk. I have listened to The Clash's London Calling and other singles, but not a real p
Jun 25, 2009 Aletha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book, the main character has a bit of an existentialist attitude.
Doug Richman
Feb 27, 2017 Doug Richman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Anglocentric masterpiece by John King, Human Punk follows his motif of British culture, from his works regarding soccer and skinhead culture to this project on early punk rock and it's impact on British youth. Told in three parts and stretching over thirty years, it's King's epic, his experiment in telling the story of a life.

The first act of the book takes place in 1977, right as the early Punk Movement is hitting Britain, and Joe, a kid from blue-collar Slough, is wrapped up in the mus
Ed Wagemann
Apr 03, 2012 Ed Wagemann marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 16, 2008 Chriss rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my absolutely favorite books. I've owned it twice now, as the first copy I borrowed out and never saw it again! A great read, John King's talent shows through. The story spans several years, from a bunch of high school punkers and their eventual growing up and spreading out... and the unfortunately circumstances of their eventual reunion. Very vivid and realistic. Easy to transport yourself in the middle of the story. If I could hug stories, this one I would.
Gerry LaFemina
Strong novel with a very likable protagonist--it captures the fragmentation of memory, the real life struggles of growing up, and the changing landscape of England from the 1970s through the early 2000s. In prose driven by long, musical sentences and a plot filled with complex characters struggling with their relationships with each other and with themselves, Human Punk is a worthwhile read for any body interested in punk or coming of age literature.
Jared Dubinski
Aug 19, 2009 Jared Dubinski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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one of those dialectic stream of conscience brit books. he's an aged punker scarred by a tragedy in his past. bit of philosophy but mostly the driving narrative of a non-halfassed sort of man, a respectable chap, as it were. reads like you've been shot out of a cannon. great fiction and good writing
Dec 09, 2011 Gloriagloom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vi ricordate la Banda dei Brocchi di Johnatan Coe? questo è il fratello cattivo. A fine lettura viene voglia di tingersi i capelli di arancione, sniffare un po’ di colla e rubare la pensione alle vecchiette. Invece mi tocca restare a casa a impiastricciarmi di Lasonil contro i reumatismi. Da rubare.
Ihan hyvä, mutta ei voi sanoa miksikään tajunnanräjäyttäväksi. Kirjailija haki kenties jotain hengästyttävää jopa kolmen sivun(!!) pituisilla järjettömän pitkillä lauseilla, jotka enemmän uuvuttivat kuin ihastuttivat.
Benedict Reid
Reads like an autobiography. Teenager in the late 70s in a rough part of England. It definitely did not make me wish I'd been there then.
May 23, 2013 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant book, great story. John King is a fantastic author :)
Oct 06, 2013 Ville rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a pretty good book. Entertaining. Must know something about punk, dub etc. to fully enjoy :)
Mar 30, 2015 Bhekinjinga rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this and really felt like a slough resident. King's one of my favourites - for his simplicity.
Mar 17, 2008 Godzilla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
I enjoyed re-reading this, but it is long winded in places, not exactly a page turner.

John Calhoun
Oct 08, 2014 John Calhoun rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favourite of all of John Kings books
Jan 18, 2014 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not overly impulsed but a solid coming of age storyline.
Oct 25, 2008 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really fun read, probably pretty autobiographical, one of those books good for a long train or plane trip. I'd read some more by John King but he's tough to find in the US.
Ian Rak
Jan 01, 2015 Ian Rak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Top 5 of all time. Could be Top 3. Life, that's all.
Oleksii Beloschuk
Sep 14, 2013 Oleksii Beloschuk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Punks not dead! ;)
Aug 11, 2007 Niina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: culture
Heavy culture description of the age of punk and hand-touching-politics.
Heavy reading but worth of it.
Although not suitable for everyone.
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English author, who has written several novels on the nation's lad culture at home and abroad. His debut work of fiction, The Football Factory, was made into a controversial film, directed by Nick Love and starring Danny Dyer. He now owns and operates London Books, an imprint company reissuing classic novels. He is listed as a supporter of No to EU – Yes to Democracy.
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