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The Primal Screamer

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  253 ratings  ·  28 reviews
The nameless evil that haunts a legendary punk rock outfit...a Gothic Horror novel about severe mental distress and punk rock. Semi-autobiographical novel from the Rudimentary Peni leading light plunging into the worlds of madness, suicide and anarchist punk. And it's a good read.
Paperback, 126 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Spare Change
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Mar 20, 2007 Charlie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: abdul allhazred
If you are a fan of H.P. Lovecraft or Rudimentary Peni, you've probably read this book already. If you're neither, then read a book on knot-tying and practice 'em around your neck.
Apr 25, 2012 Sarina rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Blinko fans
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This book is easy to devour in one session. I had to read it being a huge Rudimentary Peni fan & a H.P. Lovecraft fan. I first picked it up when I was living at a punk house a few years back, & I had an annoyingly hip roommate with impeccable taste & resources for sourcing & owning incredibly neat shit that I was always pretty jealous of. This book was one of those things that he owned that always made my fingers itch as I walked past, & I had to remind myself constantly that ...more
David Agranoff
You may not have ever heard of Nick Blinko, but he is well nown and
popular in certain circles. He was the guitarist of Rudimentary Peni,
a popular crust punk band. (crust punk is a subgenre of a subgenre,
anarcho-political punk) besides their fellow British standard Crass -
Rudimentary Peni is one the most popular bands of the genre 30 years
after they started.

Since the band recorded a tribute to HP Lovecraft I think the idea
that the novel was a twisting of Crust punk with Lovecraft vibe was a
I fell asleep during the first half of it but once Nat started Rudimentary Peni, that's when it got good. I loved hearing all the history behind that stuff. My favorite part was when the doctor says Nat got an acoustic guitar and played constantly and the neighbors didn't care except for when he would scream to sing. I own a copy on Microsoft word if anyone wants to read it.
I've been wanting to read this since I started seeing it around in 1996 or 97- no idea why it took me so long to get to it as Rudimentary Peni has been one of my favorite bands since then and I love everything they put out, and I've found Nick Blinko to be fascinating as long as I've been cognizant of him. If you like weird punk rock, death rock, anarchopunk, or weird art and have an interest in mental illness, you should absolutely read this. Especially if you also have a predilection towards L ...more
The singer and artist of seminal anarcho-punk band Rudimentary Peni, Blinko followed in the footsteps of many great artists by going insane. From the asylum he produced an album dedicated entirely to H.P. Lovecraft, and this novel. "Primal Screamer" charts his descent into madness and childhood regression from the perspective of his psychiatrist, who may also be going mad.

Ryan Mishap
Autobiographical fiction? Remembered unreality? Madness and a deathwish collide with punk rock, anarchy,a Buddhist psychiatrist, Nathaniel Snoxell and sundry other monstrosities. Gets an extra star for the artwork, some of which I have a tattoo of, btw.
Just finished reading this one. Thought it was great, but am willing to admit that any evaluation of how good this book is may be directly proportional to how much you like Nick Blinko as a musician/artist/whatever--and as I am a big fan of the man, i can acknowledge that my estimation of this book's worth is likely shaded by that bias.

Anyway, as it was mentioned, the first half of the book is a bit dull--the formation of Rudimentary Peni and the increasing disintegration of the doctor's mental
Someone bought this book for me on eBay for $80, and I think it's safe to say it was worth every penny.
Tom Schulte
A don't read fiction often, so I am grateful for having received this work as a gift, else I would not have sought it out and experienced it. The author presents diary like an alternative reality of the history of Rudimentary Peni, his own anarcho-punk/deathrock band along with primal scream therapy experiences. I don't know how real for Nick Blinko those treatments where, but as a fan of underground music, I did find myself going to Google often to see if I could suss out the truth of the sligh ...more
Part autobiography, part anarcho punk historical, part Lovecraft-esque "Weird" fiction. Blinko somehow manages to weave his life, the emergence of anarchist punk and the unbridled suspense of Lovecraft's finest works into a single (admittedly far too short) novel. Told from the point of view of Nick (sorry, Nate)'s psychiatrist, Nick chronicles his time undergoing primal scream therapy (as well as the initial formation of Rudimentary Peni) in a shroud of macabre myth and imagery, often giving cr ...more
I read this upon the insistence of my boyfriend who said I could relate a lot to the protagonist. So, I obliged him. I am a rudi peni fan, so I figured it would be an accessible enough read. I liked it, but that is it. The book does not include Blinko's BEST art, but the pieces included are very interesting to look at in conjunction with the rest of the story. I wish it had been the first in a longer series, because the ending irked me. I don't think it was a bad ending because the ambiguity of ...more
Because I am fairly boring for a punk, I was much more interested in gleaning information about the rise of anarcho-punk in the UK and the formation of Rudimentary Peni than I was in the Lovecraftian elements. The diary-of-the-psychiatrist format works well, the descriptions of primal scream therapy are fascinating, and all of the characters are well-drawn, not just Nathaniel Snoxell, the stand-in for Blinko himself. Nick Blinko's art is extremely creepy (I mean that in the best possible sense), ...more
Natalie Armstrong
Quick, engrossing read by Rudimentary Peni's Nick Blinko. The story gets absolutely wicked towards the end. And I mean "wicked" in the actual sense of the word. I appreciated Blinko's H.P. Lovecraft style writing, the allusions to artists like Aubrey Beardsley and Odilon Redon, as well as references to the 1932 Tod Browning's film Freaks. I could easily relate these works to Nick Blinko's art. Reading this book not only returned me to my own adolescent nightmares of fetus', but made me throw on ...more
i love nick blinko's art and music, but this didn't do much for me. i liked the bits about the formation of rudimentary peni, but the rest of the story was self-aggrandizing and dull.
Sarah Élysée
I was really attracted to the Lovecraftian style of writing. Even though the novel was about a young punk completely out of his mind, he was still easy to relate to. However, I wasn't too thrilled about the conclusion, there was no real climax and the outlandish ending was too near the end to hold any real footing in the story.
It's still a great read if you're at all interested in the oddities that are Rudimentary Peni, depression, outsider art, and/or H.P. Lovecraft.
This was a let-down. I was so excited about the themes of this novel, but found the execution to be messy and unfulfilling. It was wordy, difficult, and after I'd finished the book I didn't feel like I knew anything about the characters or what I'd just read.
James Henry
Weird, semi-autobiographical
account of the life of the Rudimentary Peni front man. Written from
the point of view of his psychologist it makes "sense" out of the
bands lyrics and peculiar obsessions. Just noticed that you can find
crazy Nick on Wikipedia !
I think the bookjacket oversold the "horror" aspect of this, but everything else from Nat/Nick's history of Rudimentary Peni to the relationship built with the analyst were fairly well done. Great art in the PM Press edition
Cheryl Walder
Please Help Me - I read this book before and would like to read it again now but have not had any success thus far in locating a copy anywhere that I have looked for it ..
Pretty boring. The only thing slightly "haunting" was the last few pages. The rest just seems like a semi-autobiographical tale through the eyes of a psychotherapist. Whatever.
Warren Moeckel
It's not exactly Nabokov or Borges, but it was penned by one of my favorite
musicians, so I read it; I give it a meh.
Tyler Miska
His mad genius is almost captured in this format, but Blinko's true craft is his music.
As my son would say....WEIRD. (which is not to say it is bad). Short.
good account of a man's descent into total psychosis.
Weird, very weird.
Ryan Berkebile
The story was alright, but I am more of a fan of Nick Blinko's art.
Narayana Dawson
huge fan of the author, loved the book. related to it in my own way.
Socket Klatzker
Disturbing. Awesome.
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Nick Blinko (born 4 September 1961) is a British musician, lyricist, and artist best known as the lead singer, lyricist and guitar player for the British band Rudimentary Peni. He is also known for being an "outsider" artist who creates all the drawings used by the band for its artwork. Blinko began his career in the band The Magits, which formed before Rudimentary Peni in 1977 and was primarily e ...more
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