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I was around 12 years old when I first read this book so its hard to separate the impact it had on my still freshly minted mind and the way it informed so many of my subsequent passions from any kind of sober evaluation of the actual writing. I do know that this book contains the most exciting description of the Who I've ever read (live at a Murray the K showcase). I just ordered a second copy as my first is well worn and has pictures cut out of it, and I look forward to revisiting it. Schaffner ...more
I read this cover to cover when I was in 6th grade and I wrote down the names that would change my life. Joy Division. Sex Pistols. The Damned. Buzzcocks. My mom bought it for my brother and I because we liked all the classic Beatles and Stones records. But the part on the New Wave is what intrigued me. This book is a huge marker in my life.