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Burning Britain: The History of UK Punk 1980-1984

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Featuring hundreds of brand new interviews and photographs, Burning Britain is the true story of the UK punk scene from 1980–1984 told for the first time by the bands and labels who created it. Covering the country region by region, Ian Glasper profiles not only big names like Vice Squad, Anti Pasti, and The Defects, but also the more obscure bands of the era such as Xtrac ...more
Paperback, 399 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by Cherry Red Books
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Feb 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Everything you need to know about the second punk wave in Britain ;)
Oct 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
Probably more of a 2.5. The longer sections devoted to the bigger bands like the Blitz and Discharge were informative, but some bands got a half page with no one from the band interviewed and it hardly seemed worth the effort. I know it was his first book, but he essentially asked every band the same set of questions:

How did you get into punk?
What was your best and worst show?
What was your favorite record?

Most of the time he only got one person from the band to answer questions, and he bogged do
Ryan Mishap
Mar 17, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: punk
An indispensable resource for anyone obsessed with street punk of England from the period discussed. General punk readers, such as myself, may not need to read the whole thing.

When the band members interviewed for the book are allowed to reminisce, the book provides an interesting look at a time and place when punk was reinventing itself and of England embroiled in the politics of the 1980's. The format quickly becomes repetitive, however, with the when it was formed, by who, and what releases,
Apr 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Owned much of the music written about as a spotty and truculent teenager, after reading Glasper's excellent book I downloaded a whole lot of it and so now own it all over again as a balding and truculent forty-something. Not much stands the test of time but the book reads well and there are some wonderful accounts that make Spinal Tap look distinctively middle of the moving onto The Day The Country Died.
Nov 03, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: music
Not quite as interesting of a read as "The Day the Country Died," but another good old Brit punk resource. The vinyl covered in here is actually fun to collect because it's not particularly high-priced or hard to find. Some of the best from this era that get coverage in this book - Discharge, The Varukers, The Undead, Chaos UK, The Underdogs, The Insane, Ultra Violent, Skeptix, Dead Wretched, Uproar, Death Sentence...there were a lot of pretty unremarkable bands, too.
Gerry LaFemina
Sep 04, 2016 rated it liked it
An exhaustive and exhausting band by band rendering of the second wave of British punk. I'm glad for much of it, but after the first ten bios that sounded similarly, I kept wondering when Glasper would change it up. He didn't. What starts as a celebration of non-generic bands, becomes rendered in the most generic format. Sad, really.
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