What is punk? Punk can be whatever you want it to be. So the subjects of the publications in this section may not all seem "punk" to you - but hey, applying rules ain't punk either.

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  1. American Hardcore (2nd edition)

    American Hardcore: A Tribal History (Second Edition)


    Angrier and less pretentious than the drug-addled punk and new wave music genres, hardcore was an underground tribal movement created with passion but ultimately destroyed by infighting and dissonance. Learn More
  2. Banned In DC (new edition)

    Banned In DC: Photos And Anecdotes from the DC Punk Underground (79-85) - SIGNED!


    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 from the glory days of DC hardcore punk. Learn More
  3. Barred for Life

    Barred for Life: How Black Flag's Iconic Logo Became Punk Rock's Secret Handshake


    Cataloging the legacy of the American punk rock pioneers Black Flag, this photo documentary uses stark, contrasting portraits to share the stories of the die-hard fans who wear the iconic four-barred logo tattooed on their skin. Learn More
  4. Burning Britain

    Burning Britain: The History Of UK Punk 1980-1984


    The product of years of research, travel, and countless conversations, Burning Britain is the true story of the UK punk scene from 1980 to 1984 told for the first time by the bands and labels that created it. Learn More

    CBGB And OMFUG: Thirty Years from the Home of Underground Rock


    Hilly Kristal originally intended his club to showcase the type of music his venue's notorious letters stand for: Country, Bluegrass, Blues. Learn More
  6. Chapter and Verse

    Chapter and Verse: New Order, Joy Division and Me


    Founding member and guitarist of Joy Division and the lead singer of New Order, Bernard Sumner has been famous over the years for his reticence. Until now . . . Learn More
  7.  Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys.

    Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys.: A Memoir


    Viv Albertine is a pioneer. As lead guitarist and songwriter for the seminal band The Slits, she influenced a future generation of artists including Kurt Cobain and Carrie Brownstein. Learn More
  8. Cobain On Cobain

    Cobain on Cobain: Interviews and Encounters


    Cobain on Cobain places the reader at the key moments of Kurt Cobain’s roller-coaster career, telling the tale of Nirvana entirely through his words and those of his bandmates. Learn More
  9. Commando

    Commando: The Autobiography Of Johnny Ramone


    Raised in Queens, New York, Johnny Ramone founded one of the most influential rock bands of all time, but he never strayed from his blue-collar roots and attitude. Learn More
  10. Cultural Dictionary of Punk

    Cultural Dictionary of Punk 1974-1982


    A Cultural Dictionary of Punk: 1974-1982 is a bold book that examines punk as a movement that is best understood by placing it in its cultural field. Learn More
  11. Dance Of Days

    Dance Of Days: Two Decades Of Punk In The Nation's Capital


    Washington DC's creative, politically insurgent punk scene is studied for the first time by local activist Mark Andersen and arts writer Mark Jenkins in this edition of DANCE OF DAYS. Learn More
  12. The Day The Country Died (PM Press edition)

    Day The Country Died: A History Of Anarcho Punk 1980-1984


    In this revealing history, author, historian, and musician Ian Glasper explores in minute detail the influential and esoteric UK anarcho-punk scene of the early 1980s. Learn More
  13. Death To Trad Rock

    Death To Trad Rock! - The Post-Punk Fanzine Scene 1982-87


    In the mid-Eighties, as Thatcher turned the screw and the charts overflowed with what felt to many like the most boring pop music ever made, the underground exploded. The post-post-punk scene was a diverse collection of bands brought together by independent releases and a never-ending series of gigs performed in off centre venues the length and breadth of the UK, aided by reportage in fanzines and radio play from John Peel. Learn More
  14. England's Dreaming

    England's Dreaming: Anarchy, Sex Pistols, Punk Rock, And Beyond


    Fully updated and expanded with a new introduction by the author! ENGLAND'S DREAMING is the ultimate book on punk, its progenitors, the Sex Pistols, and the moment they defined for music fans in England and the United States. Learn More
  15. Going Underground: American Punk 1979-1989

    Going Underground: American Punk 1979–1989


    An illustrated and wide-ranging survey of the underground U.S. punk scene in the 1980s. Learn More
  16. Grunge



    More than a decade after his death, alienated, awkward, heavily eye-lined Kurt Cobain continues to sit front and center in the arena of popular culture, as the subject of books, music, fashion, gossip, and inspiration for major motion pictures and documentaries. Learn More
  17. Hard Art, DC 1979

    Hard Art, DC 1979


    In 1979, a soon-to-erupt punk scene took hold in Washington, DC, with bands like the Bad Brains, Trenchmouth, Teen Idles, the Untouchables, and the Slickee Boys, among others, at the forefront. Learn More
  18. Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir

    Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir


    From the guitarist of the pioneering band Sleater-Kinney, a candid, funny, and deeply personal look at making a life—and finding yourself—in music. Learn More
  19. Husker Du

    Husker Du: The Story of the Noise-Pop Pioneers Who Launched Modern Rock


    Bob Mould, Grant Hart, and Greg Norton formed Hüsker Dü in 1979 as a wildly cathartic outfit fueled by a cocktail of anger, volume, and velocity. Learn More
  20. Independence Days

    Independence Days - The Story of UK Independent Record Labels


    The Story of UK Independent Record LabelsReleased on 21/09/09. Even by the standards of Alex Ogg’s previous work (The Hip Hop Years, No More Heroes etc), Independence Days is an exhaustive undertaking. Collating more than 150 interviews, it traces the story of the UK independent record label boom from the late 70s to the mid-80s, a period which saw a new generation of independent spirits take up the baton and revolutionise the course of popular music. Learn More
  21. Left of the Dial

    Left of the Dial: Conversations with Punk Icons


    Left of the Dial features interviews by musical journalist, folklorist, educator, and musician David Ensminger with leading figures of the punk underground, Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat/Fugazi), Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), Dave Dictor (MDC), and many more. Learn More
  22. Max's Kansas City

    Max's Kansas City: Art, Glamour, Rock and Roll


    At no other time in history has there been a more exciting collision of art, music, and fashion than at Max’s Kansas City from the 1960s to the early 80s. Learn More
  23. Mike Watt: On And Off Bass

    Mike Watt: On And Off Bass


    The New Yorker calls it “unusual and beautiful.” The LA Weekly raves, “the photos are strikingly inventive, revealing yet another side of this modern-day Renaissance man.” MTV calls it “a charming, well-shot document of a the legendary punk rocker’s photographic dabbling.” Detroit Metrotimes: “A unique insight into Watt’s mind.” Learn More
  24. Nirvana: The Biography

    Nirvana: The Biography


    As the assistant editor of Melody Maker, Everett True was the first journalist to cover the Seattle music scene in early 1989 and interview Nirvana. He is responsible for bringing Hole, Pavement, Soundgarden, and a host of other bands to international attention. Learn More
  25. Nirvana: The Recording Sessions

    Nirvana: The Recording Sessions


    Most books about Nirvana concentrate on Kurt Cobain's short tragic life and suicide, whereas this puts Nirvana's music center stage. Learn More

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