Punk Rock: An Oral History

Punk RockPunk Rock: An Oral History by John Robb

ML 3534 .R545 2012

“With its own fashion, culture, and chaotic energy, punk rock boasted a do-it-yourself ethos that allowed anyone to take part. Vibrant and volatile, the punk scene left an extraordinary legacy of music and cultural change. John Robb talks to many of those who cultivated the movement, the bands, managers, journalists, movers, shakers, and scene makers, such as John Lydon, Lemmy, Siouxsie Sioux, Mick Jones, Chrissie Hynde, Mark Perry, Poly Styrene, T.V. Smith, Malcolm McLaren, Henry Rollins, and Glen Matlock, weaving together their accounts to create a raw and unprecedented oral history of UK punk. All the main players are here: from The Clash to Crass, from the Sex Pistols to The Stranglers, from the UK Subs to Buzzcocks, not to mention Sham 69, The Ruts, The Damned, Cockney Rejects, Billy Bragg, Angelic Upstarts, Killing Joke, The Wedding Present – over 150 interviews capture the excitement of the most thrilling wave of rock ‘n’ roll pop culture ever. Ranging from its widely debated roots in the late 1960s to its enduring influence on the bands, fashion, and culture of today, this history brings to life the energy and the anarchy as no other book has done.” – publisher description

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