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Cranked Up Really High by Stewart Home
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Jan 03, 08

bookshelves: about-music
Read in November, 2006

Cranked Up Really High is a funny, irreverent, unique look at punk. Home goes a long way towards debunking the theory that punk originated from art or political movements and does so by examining some lesser known bands and juxtaposing them against some of the more conventional punk bands. He also does a nice job of demystifying some of the rhetoric that has built up around punk in the last forty years. Being someone who has a hard time accepting there is any such thing as "punk rock" at all, at least so far as a type or even style of music, I was excited by the points and arguments Home has to make. His writing is pretty snotty and has the taint of superiority in places but it didn't bother me too much. His commentary on Greil Marcus is pretty hilarious. With all the books on punk that have hit the stands in the last twenty years, Cranked Up Really High felt like a breath of fresh air. Really interesting and poignant.

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