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1978 by Daniel   Jones
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Sep 19, 2011

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Read from September 19 to 29, 2011

"1978" is a punk novel. And as they say about the sixties, I think you really had to have been there to experience it. I was 11 in 1978 and I was also a punk. I'd bought my first single (The Stranglers "Five Minutes") but my punk experience was totally different from the one in this novel. Thankfully! I've no doubt that this stuff went on - and it's a fascinating read - but in many respects it reads like a novel that someone would have written from punk stereotypes. Interesting where the line between fact and fiction blurs - at what point does something new become something old, when does originality turn into familiarity. This is a solid read, not for the fainthearted, and I recommend it. But as to authenticity, just draw on your own experiences.

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