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From the Velvets to the Voidoids: A Pre-Punk History for a Post-Punk World
In a thorough chronicle of the American underground punk and New Wave rock scene, noted music critic Heylin explores the origins and evolution of this fiery music phase of the '60s and '70s--from the…
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Ranters and Crowd Pleasers: Punk in Pop Music, 1977-1992
Was punk just another moment in music history, a flash in time when a group of young rebels exploded in a fury of raw sound, outrageous styles, and in-your-face attitude? Greil Marcus, author of the…
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Punk Rock: An Oral History
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'To see The Clash on the White Riot tour was like discovering how to be a rock star: you just did it yourself. You didn't wait for someone to come and discover you. That was the most important thing…
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Touch and Go: The Complete Hardcore Punk Zine '79-'83
Touch and Go fanzine was the brainchild of Tesco Vee and Dave Stimson and was launched in Lansing, Michigan, in 1979. Major fanatics of the new punk happenings in the late ’70s, TV and DS set out to…
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Gimme Something Better: The Profound, Progressive, and Occasionally Pointless History of Bay Area Punk from Dead Kennedys to Green Day
An oral history of the modern punk-revival's West Coast Birthplace

Outside of New York and London, California's Bay Area claims the oldest continuous punk-rock scene in the world. Gimme Something Bett…
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We Got the Neutron Bomb: The Untold Story of L.A. Punk
Taking us back to late ’70s and early ’80s Hollywood—pre-crack, pre-AIDS, pre-Reagan—We Got the Neutron Bomb re-creates word for word the rage, intensity, and anarchic glory of the Los Angeles punk s…
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Lobotomy: Surviving the Ramones
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Lobotomy is a lurid and unlikely temperance tract from the underbelly of rock 'n' roll. Taking readers on a wild rollercoaster ride from his crazy childhood in Berlin and Munich to his lonely methado…
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Banned in D C: Photos and Anecdotes from the DC Punk Underground
Sometimes being a Washington DC insider means access to political movers and shakers--sometimes, as in the case of photographer Cynthia Connolly, it means access to a great collection of photographs…
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A Riot of Our Own: Night and Day with the Clash
Johnny Green was a footloose slacker who loved punk rock, stumbled into being a roadie for the Sex Pistols, then tripped again into a job pushing sound equipment for the Clash and driving their beat-…
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No Wave: Post-Punk. Underground. New York. 1976-1980.
No Wave is the first book to visually chronicle the collision of art and punk in the New York underground of 1976 to 1980. This in depth look at punk rock, new wave, experimental music, and the avant…
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The Trouser Press Record Guide: The Ultimate Guide to Alternative Music
Note: Despite several name changes, these are several editions of the same book.

1st Ed. (1983) published as The Trouser Press Guide to New Wave Records.
2nd Ed. (1985) published as The New Trouser Pre…
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Punk: The Definitive Record of a Revolution
Recreating the complete story of the punk phenomenon — including where it came from and what it turned into — Punk is a massive and visually stunning record of five years that changed the world: from…
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Dance of Days: Two Decades of Punk in the Nation's Capital
Examines the history of the Washington D.C. punk rock music scene that led to the rise of such bands as Positive Force, Riot Grrrl, Fugazi, and Bikini Kill.
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The Dark Stuff: Selected Writings On Rock Music
Rock journalism on: Brian Wilson, Guns'N'Roses, Roky Erickson, The New York Dolls, Sid Vicious, Roy Orbison, Elvis Costello, The Smiths, Neil Young, Jerry Lee Lewis, Miles Davis, The Pogues, Lou Reed…
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Passion Is a Fashion: The Real Story of the Clash
The only internationally successful, million-selling group to emerge from the late seventies London punk scene, the Clash set out to change the world with a potent mix of politics, iconic imagery, an…
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The Philosophy of Punk: More Than Noise!

Introduction by Marc Bayard
Preface by the author
Why Punk: Background comparisons with previous art movements; some defining characteristics of punk.
Media Misrepresentations: How television, g…
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Last Gang in Town: The Story and Myth of the Clash
The definitive biography of the Clash and a thorough history of the punk movement. Pop music industry writer Marcus Gray details the early lives of Clash members, provides an objective account of the…
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Cinderella's Big Score: Women of the Punk and Indie Underground
Cinderella’s Big Score celebrates the contributions of punk’s oft-overlooked female artists, explores the latent—and not so latent—sexism of indie rock (so often thought of as the hallowed ground of…
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Let it Blurt: The Life and Times of Lester Bangs, America's Greatest Rock Critic
Let it Blurt is the raucous and righteous biography of Lester Bangs (1949-82)–the gonzo journalist, gutter poet, and romantic visionary of rock criticism. No writer on rock ‘n’ roll ever lived harder…
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Cheetah Chrome: A Dead Boy's Tale: From the Front Lines of Punk Rock
Here is the autobiography of Cheetah Chrome, lead guitarist of the Dead Boys, one of the greatest punk bands ever. It’s a tale of success--and excess: great music, drugs (he overdosed and was pronoun…
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We Never Learn: The Gunk Punk Undergut, 1988-2001
Includes a code for free CD download of many of the bands featured in this book! Nirvana, the White Stripes, Hole, the Hives - all sprang from an underground music scene where similarly raw bands, en…
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Fucked Up + Photocopied: Instant Art of the Punk Rock Movement
This is a collection of flyers produced for the American punk scene. Many were created by the musicians themselves and demonstrate the emphasis within the punk scene on individuality and immediacy. V…
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Joy Division: Piece by Piece
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Paul Morley knew Joy Division intimately. He not only wrote extensively and evocatively of the “mood, atmosphere and ephemeral terror” that enveloped the group and their doomed front man, Ian Curtis,…
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Totally Wired: Postpunk Interviews and Overviews
"Totally Wired" features 32 interviews with the era's most innovative musicians and colourful personalities. From Ari Up, Jah Wobble, David Byrne, Green Gartside, Edwyn Collins, it also includes conv…
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Main Lines, Blood Feasts, and Bad Taste: A Lester Bangs Reader
Before his untimely death in 1982, Lester Bangs was inarguably the most influential critic of rock and roll. Writing in hyper-intelligent Benzedrine prose that calls to mind Jack Kerouac and Hunter S…
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