Punk: The Definitive Record of a Revolution

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From it's origins in the States to the cultural shockwave it sent through the UK and Europe, the word, the sound, the style frightened the unknowing and inspired an insurgent network of DJs, artists, writers, and bands as influential today as ever. After nearly three decades of the rallying cry Loud, Fast Rules, punk remains one of the most momentous cultural movements since the inception of rock and roll. This book gives a voice to the punk generation twenty-five years later, as it remembers the jubilant chaos ...
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Overview

From it's origins in the States to the cultural shockwave it sent through the UK and Europe, the word, the sound, the style frightened the unknowing and inspired an insurgent network of DJs, artists, writers, and bands as influential today as ever. After nearly three decades of the rallying cry Loud, Fast Rules, punk remains one of the most momentous cultural movements since the inception of rock and roll. This book gives a voice to the punk generation twenty-five years later, as it remembers the jubilant chaos that ensued during those formative years of 1975 to 1979 and takes a look at where the form ventured in the era that followed. With hundreds of previously unpublished interviews from preeminent figures like Iggy Pop, Legs McNeil, The Velvet Underground, Don Letts, Debbie Harry, William S. Burroughs, Andy Warhol, Joe Strummer, Richard Hell and the Sex Pistols, the true story is told in all of its triumphant, furious glory and supported with stunning, often previously un-published photographs.
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Publishers Weekly
Colegrave and Sullivan (The Beatles Anthology) deliver a brash and brilliant photo-essay of the most brash and obnoxious chapter in the history of music and culture long before the advent of crowd surfing. Framing its history between 1975 and 1979 (but covering the years before and after), this volume is a historiography of the music, attitude and dress as typified by Malcolm MacLaren and his manufactured Sex Pistols, uncomfortable commercial shifts in the music when anarchy became "a badge of conformity rather than an alternative way of living" and finally the latter days, which saw the dissolution of the Pistols. The authors trace punk rock from its earliest roots in the avant-garde and Warhol's Factory, and discuss every figure and legend from Iggy Pop and the MC5 to Siouxsie Sue and Johnny Rotten. This volume is smartly designed, featuring hundreds of glossy black-and-white photographs and thousands of appraisals from the likes of Leee Childers, Nils Stevenson, as well as quotes from the film Please Kill Me and Leggs McNeil, whose Punk Magazine gave the wave its name. This is a gorgeous, hefty book and readers may be inspired to break their coffee tables with it. (Mar.) Forecast: While punk revelers won't be as nostalgic as Beatles fans, expect many closet sentimentals to clear the book shelves though reissued and repackaged, punk is not yet dead. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Now a confused and disenchanted 26, punk is ripe for a retrospective but reluctant to be pinned down. Cocreators of the best-selling Beatles Anthology, Colegrave and Sullivan deserve credit for acknowledging both New York City's and London's contributions to the movement and beginning at the beginning with Andy Warhol and his Factory groupies. Yet they still miss the point in this oral history, first published in the U.K.: that punk, like any late 20th-century art form, sprang from a frenzied exchange of ideas. Although they interviewed an impressive range of luminaries from both sides of the pond, they fail to re-create those white-hot intercontinental transmissions. Poor editing and pacing aside, the book's failure has a lot to do with the huge amount of space dedicated to the Sex Pistols and their hangers-on. As crucial as that quartet was to the English scene, bands like the Clash and the Ramones better embody punk's true spirit and show how two groups could constructively rub off on each other. In addition, aside from a few stellar shoe-box shots that have finally come to light, this does not come close to forming a "definitive" coffee-table portrait. Missing are the truly world-stopping photographs of Pennie Smith and Mick Rock, to name a few. Unfortunately, this, too, is only being published in North America as an 111/2" x 121/4" paperback with flaps, so it will easily wear and tear. Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain's Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk (Penguin, 1997) is heavier on American voices and contains a fraction of the photos, but it's a more concise and raucous read. For comprehensive popular music collections only. Heather McCormack, "Library Journal" Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560253693
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 12/25/2001
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 11.18 (w) x 11.88 (h) x 1.28 (d)

Meet the Author


Stephen Colegrave is a Marketing Director of Saatchi, and has worked as an independent film producer. He was previously lead singer for a seminal punk band, The Lurkers. He lives in London.

Chris Sullivan became caught up in the Punk explosion while studying in London. He is now a popular style journalist and successful London nightclub owner.

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Table of Contents

Authors' Note 9
Introduction 11
1975 (and before) 16
1976 108
1977 184
1978 288
1979 (and onwards) 340
The Best of Punk 376
The Worst of Punk 377
The Legacy of Punk 379
Afterword 382
Interviewees 385
Principal People and Bands 386
Bibliography 392
Websites 393
Index 394
Picture Credits 399
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2008

    The Best Punk Book EVER

    this is the REAL story, not all the same old hype about the Pistols and The Clash-take it from someone who was around at the time-this is a MUST HAVE!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2005

    Awesome

    I thought this book covered alot, including the description of the Factory and the Velvet Underground and how Nico played into everything. I also the liked bit about the Sex Pistols and Malcolm Mclaren.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2003

    So little about the only band that matters

    Though this book does a good job of giving a history of punk and some great photos it really misses the boat on the long lasting influence of Punk. Too much focus is given to the Pistols and too little to the bands that influenced the future of music, The Clash especially given thier influence on Rap, alternative, rap metal and rock get the short end of the stick. Every alternative and punk band playing today owes alot more to the fusion of musical influences that came from the Clash than they do to the Pistols. So long live JOE

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2003

    Does us proud

    this book covers the start to the finish. great articles about sid and nancy. alot about the ramones and even tells of punk in1920's. i reccomend this book to anyone in question of what punk is or wants to know anything about it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2003

    ULTIMATE GUIDE TO PUNK

    This book has got everything you wanna know about punk rock. It's got every single awesome punk band you can think of, from the Ramones, to Clash, Sex Pistols, Blondie, New York Dolls etc. It's also worth $30.00 considering its the size of my computer screen. It's the BIGGEST book on punk. Hundrends of great pix. I'm not kidding, it's bigger than a full size dictionary. It's like the dictionary of punk with great formatting of the pictures and stories. If you don't have this, what the heck are u waiting for. Save up and buy this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2002

    Real cool book

    Hey, this is a really good book if you're interested in [the history of] punk rock, the punk scene or if you enjoy listening to punk. This book is really accurate and gives a lot of information. There are a lot of interesting quotes, and tons of great pictures. It's a HUGE book (I had to sit down to read it because it was so big and heavy!), and definitely well worth your money. Good pick for anyone interested.

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