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Make The Music Go Bang!: The Early L.A. Punk Scene

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  27 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Twelve individuals offer their different perspectives on L.A.'s early punk scene.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published November 15th 1997 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Make The Music Go Bang! is a collection of essays on the early L.A. punk scene from several of the folks who were there. Accompanying this are the stellar photos of Gary Leonard. This is one of my favorite books of the this type because you get views of things from the likes of Exene Cervenka, Keith Morris, Claude Bessy and others and you get see the people involved, captured in the moment, in their element, in their time. All the bands from X to the excellent Weirdos, The Blasters, Flesheaters, ...more
The reason this gets four stars is the photography of Gary Leonard that takes up a large part of this look at the Los Angeles area punk rock scene in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Based on the writing from assorted scenesters, this gets a lower score, but Leonard's photographs involving performances from various bands, backstage portraits, shots of people attending the shows and just everything connected to punk rock music in LA at the time are terrific. He has captured the spirit of the times ...more
Aaron the Pink Donut
Aug 30, 2007 Aaron the Pink Donut rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Good introduction but so so
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I am a huge fan of early LA punk and “New Wave” (new wave don’t mean shit!) bands so this book was kind of a rehash of stuff I already had heard about or had already read. This book is really similar in tone and style to “Please Kill Me”, just not as well written or as informative. It chronicles the early years of LA punk scene. It is good, just nothing really ground breaking or new.
It is a very good introduction to the people, places and the bands from that time. The book is worth checking out
James Henry
The book just sort of rambled on and was not well laid out.
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