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The Rough Guide to Punk 1 (Rough Guide Reference)
by Al Spicer
This pocket-sized reference book covers the musicians, fashions, icons and record labels behind the punk sub-culture. It profiles more than 250 artists, from legends like the Sex Pistols and X-Ray Spex to contemporary stars like Green Day and Babyshambles
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 4th 2006 by Rough Guides
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As one of the few books on punk to actually look at the music's entire history up to the present day (including post-punk, Oi, hardcore, pop-punk, etc.), this is a good overview for neophytes. And it did turn me on to a couple of recent bands I'd overlooked*. But some of the facts are shaky and some of the writing is cheesy. The suggested playlists for various bands/subgenres are a good idea, but they're only ten songs long, which seems short when you're talking about two-minute songs. In all, e ...more
I'm sick and fucking tired of Anglophilic books about punk rock that give pages and pages of space to obscure British bands of the late '70s who didn't even release a proper album and ignore veteran American bands with lengthy discographies and worldwide fanbases. Of course the British often take a laissez-faire attitude to mass-market reference books in general (I'm not counting the Encyclopaedia Britannica or the OED), but this is just disgraceful, embarrassing. Brian Cogan's "Encyclopedia of ...more
Despite the spurious inclusion of non-punks like um, Alice Donut, this is a pretty good guide. It's irreverent, at least, and it has lots of lists of songs to download. Good for teens who just bought their first studded bracelets at Hot Topic.