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'77 Sulphate Strip by Barry Cain
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Mar 15, 10

bookshelves: biog-autobiog, music, politics

This is a fine book which doesn't choose to over state Punk as in a overtly intellectual way like many books and doesn't rely overtly on nostalgia..although needless to say as it is revisiting the past there are elements of that.
Discussions in the day with the likes of The Damned, The Clash and the Pistols alongside a myriad of other bands does however suggest a common focus for the bands, The introduction of monthly charts before each chapter too is genius showing the truth of the mundane state of the charts and the minority influence of Punk within it.
The book touches on the politics of Punk from the left leaning views of Joe Strummer to the then 'Tory' loving views of Paul Weller..
Certain folks haven't really changed their view much of what Lydon says as Rotten still stands after all these years showing maybe he was always aware of the gravity of his words.
So far this is the best of the '77 UK punk books I have read and as it was by a Record Mirror journalist who was there at start till arguable finish this is maybe no suprise.
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