The Primal Screamer

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A gothic horror novel about severe mental distress and punk rock, this narrative is written in the form of a diary kept by a psychiatrist, Dr. Rodney H. Dweller, concerning his patient, Nathaniel Snoxell, brought to him in 1979 because of several attempted suicides.

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Snoxell gets involved in the anarchist punk scene, and begins recording songs and playing gigs at anarchist centers. In 1985, the good doctor himself “goes insane” and disappears. This semi-autobiographical novel from Rudimentary Peni singer, guitarist, lyricist, and illustrator, Nick Blinko, plunges into the worlds of madness, suicide, and anarchist punk. H. P. Lovecraft meets Crass in the squats and psychiatric institutions of early 1980s England. This new edition collects Blinko's long-sought-after artwork from the three previous incarnations.

Commune dwellers who were rarely photographed and remained contemptuous of conventional pop stardom; their members explored and finally exhausted the possibilities of punk-led anarchy. They have at last collaborated on telling the whole Crass story, giving access to many never-before seen photos and interviews.

“Dense, haunted, shot through with black humour.” —Raw Vision

“An intensely written and authentically Gothic look at the life of a man suffering extreme mental distress.” —Detour

“The insights it offers into the punk scene and into the unsettling landscapes of its author’s mind are fascinating. The whole book has a distinct sense of coming from a mind unlike most we are used to.” —Big Issue

“Fascinating and compelling.” —Kerrang

"Nick Blinko is a madman. That’s not intended as pejorative opinion but rather a statement of plain fact.” —Maximum Rock N Roll

Additional Information

Author Nick Blinko
Publisher PM Press
Page Count 144pp
Publication Size 5.5 x 8.5 x .5
Publication Notes Softcover
Publication Date December 2011
ISBN 978-1604863314

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