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Please Don't Be Waiting For Me (SF Punk #1)

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SCOTT CARLSEN and his teenage friends spend their nights pogo dancing at the punk dives of early 80s San Francisco and their days wrestling with the social and academic rigors of senior year. In the aftermath of a riotous gig, one of their number, a sweet natured punkette named Nadya, is found savagely murdered, and Scott’s best friend Benny, her boyfriend, is hauled in by ...more
Paperback, 271 pages
Published June 27th 2017
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Danny Reid
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The murder mystery and romance are window dressing to a passionate chronicle of the punk scene in 1980 San Francisco. The book's voice is smart and cutting, and the world it presents is fully built. Finished it in two sittings-- just wholly engrossing all around.
Ed Glaser
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Set in the 1980 Bay Area punk scene, PDBWFM follows teen punk Scott and his motley group of friends. They go to concerts, argue about the most authentic punk bands, and suffer the jibes of the “normies” on account of their unconventional fashion. But when a friend of Scott’s is found brutally murdered after a show, things get dangerous for all of them. Fast. They quickly find themselves on the wrong side of the police, skinheads, and the Hell’s Angels as they attempt to discover what it’s all ab ...more
Mari LivTollefsonCarlson
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Over the PA system, Johnny Rotten, of the Sex Pistols, sings “please don’t be waiting for me” as the Weirdos get ready for the night’s performance. For the four main characters at the show, it’s a climactic moment. Months before, one of their own died during a similar concert and now, at this one, they think they’ve found her killer. Between then and now, Scott, Bridge, Benny and Micah uncover the mystery surrounding Nadya’s death catastrophe by catastrophe. First, they think the bigoted WPODS - ...more
L. S.
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
A darkened tale with a humorous side, Please Don’t Be Waiting for Me focuses on the Bay Area punk movement of the’80s. A tale of more than just music and fighting the system. And spikes. And mohawks—in fact, all those things just make it all that more difficult to bring your friends’ murderer to justice. Especially when the media is portraying your kind as the bad guy. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

I liked the more accurate-feeling punk representation. Everything from style to music to
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Christine
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This YA murder mystery nails the angst and difficulties of teen life, especially for kids at the forefront of the punk rock movement. The plot centers around a group of '80s Berkeley punk rock kids. We follow them on their forays into the SF punk rock music scene, late night eats, and adventures in the Bay Area until one of them is senselessly murdered. In addition to the compelling mystery, Stadtman effectively explores the themes of personal authenticity, absentee parents, and turf/territorial ...more
Keith
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Like a punk rock twist on Kem Nunn's surf noir, but with more of a sense of humor. The speed with which Stadtman convinces you to care about his motley band of teenage heroes is shocking, and the emotional investment augments the tension created by the central murder. Also works well as a memoir of a particular time and place, capturing the fun, desperation, grime, confusion, and joy of being a teen punk weirdo.
Nancy Davis Kho
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this ride in the time machine back to SF's '80s punk scene - it validated every assumption I had growing up in Upstate New York that there were far, far cooler things happening to other teenagers in other places. Loved the characters, loved the pacing, loved the nuances of the teenage tribal coexistence. Gritty and engaging.
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Todd Stadtman is a musician turned author whose latest book, Never Divided is the third and final entry in his SF Punk Trio, a trilogy that also includes his first novel, Please Don't Be Waiting For Me, and it's follow up So Good It's Bad. His first book, Funky Bollywood: The Wild World of 1970s Indian Action Cinema was published by FAB Press in 2015. He also writes about global cult and genre cinema on his Rondo Aw ...more