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. This Is A Call1

    This Is A Call: The Life And Times Of Dave Grohl


    This Is a Call, the first in-depth, definitive biography of Dave Grohl, tells the epic story of a singular career that includes Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, and Them Crooked Vultures. Learn More
  2. The Strangest Tribe

    The Strangest Tribe: How a Group of Seattle Rock Bands Invented Grunge


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    Grunge isn’t dead — but was it ever truly alive? Learn More
  3. The Stooges

    The Stooges: Head On: A Journey Through the Michigan Underground


    "With each 'Stooge' getting close to equal billing, Callwood's research results in a thorough exploration - and explanation - of the band's seismic importance to the Detroit music scene. Interesting, amusing, and engaging, The Stooges will enlighten even the biggest Stooges fan." -TL, Rhythm Learn More
  4. The Sharper Word

    The Sharper Word: A Mod Anthology


    Paolo Hewitt, celebrated former NME scribe and acclaimed biographer of Steve Marriott, The Jam, and Oasis, collects the best writing on the original, and peculiarly British, cult of mod. Revised and updated. Learn More
  5. The Primal Screamer

    The Primal Screamer


    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. Learn More
  6. The Philosophy Of Punk

    The Philosophy Of Punk: More Than Noise!


    Overall, this is a very in-depth study of punk values, and how punk looks out towards the straight world. Learn More
  7. Official Punk Rock Book Of Lists

    The Official Punk Rock Book Of Lists


    The Official Punk Rock Book of Lists features over 200 of the funniest, craziest lists - from the Most Offensive Songs to Stupidest Band Names, from Punk Sell-Outs to Fashion Don'ts - culled from historical archives and generated by celebrity guests. Learn More
  8. The Jam: Sounds From The Street

    The Jam: Sounds From The Street


    The Jam emerged from the punk explosion of 1977, combining the energy of that movement with the musical values and styles of the previous generation's mod icons. The Jam: Sounds from the Street is the inside story of Paul Weller, Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler's rise to fame, their brief but momentous reign and their shocking decision to quit at the peak of their success. Learn More
  9. The Fallen

    The Fallen: Life In And Out Of Britain's Most Insane Group


    Ever been held hostage in a dressing room with your parents? Ever been thrown off the bus in the middle of a Swedish forest or abandoned at a foreign airport? Ever been asked to play at one of the UK’s biggest music festivals with musicians you’ve just met who are covered in blood, or taken part in a ‘recording session’ in a speeding Transit? If so you’ve probably been in The Fall. Learn More
  10. The Best Seat in the House

    The Best Seat in the House: A Cock Sparrer Story


    The personal story of one of the most influential Oi! bands in music history as told by its drummer, from the beginnings of British punk to a surprising resurgence decades later. Learn More
  11. The Beautiful & The Damned

    The Beautiful And The Damned: Punk Photographs by Ann Summa


    When photographer Ann Summa arrived in Los Angeles in 1978, the city’s punk scene was still fresh, diverse, smart, utterly original—and fertile territory for a young photographer. The Beautiful & the Damned is a collection of her portraits of the musicians, artists and fans who made Los Angeles such a crucial part of the history of punk. Learn More
  12. The Art Of Punk

    The Art of Punk: The Illustrated History of Punk Rock Design


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    Punk rock gave birth to an art movement that was little appreciated at the time but soon became influential around the globe. This is the first book to chronicle the art of punk style, from concert posters and flyers to fanzines and record sleeves, T-shirts, buttons, comic books, and much more. Learn More
  13. Ten Years Of Celebrated Summer Records

    Ten Years Of Celebrated Summer Records


    A condensed version of years of record selling. Learn More
  14. Sub Pop USA

    Sub Pop USA: The Subterranean Pop Music Anthology, 1980–1988


    In 1979, Bruce Pavitt moved to Olympia, WA, and began programming a show called Subterranean Pop on local community radio station KAOS-FM. Inspired by Olympia’s guide to independent music, OP Magazine, Pavitt launched a fanzine version of Subterranean Pop, focusing on music with a punk, new wave, and experimental bent. Calvin Johnson of K Records joined the fanzine’s staff in 1980, beginning with the second issue. Learn More
  15. Straight Edge

    Straight Edge: Hardcore Punk, Clean-Living Youth, And Social Change


    Straight edge is a clean living youth movement that emerged from the punk rock subculture in the early 1980s. Its basic tenets promote a drug-free, tobacco-free, and sexually responsible lifestyle-tenets that, on the surface, seem counter to those typical of teenage rebellion. Learn More
  16. Spray Paint the Walls

    Spray Paint the Walls: The Story of Black Flag


    They were the pioneers of American hardcore, forming in California in 1978 and splitting up 8 years later leaving behind them a trail of blood, carnage and brutal, brilliant music. Throughout the years they fought with the police, record industry and their own fans. Learn More
  17. The Spitboy Rule

    Spitboy Rule: Tales of a Xicana in a Female Punk Band


    Though not a riot grrl band, Spitboy blazed trails for women musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, but it wasn’t easy. Learn More
  18. Sober Living for the Revolution

    Sober Living for the Revolution: Hardcore Punk, Straight Edge And Radical Politics


    Straight edge has persisted as a drug-free, hardcore punk subculture for 25 years. Its political legacy, however, remains ambiguous – often associated with self-righteous macho posturing and conservative puritanism. Learn More
  19. So This Is Permanence

    So This Is Permanence: Lyrics and Notebooks


    So This Is Permanence presents the intensely personal writings of one of the most enigmatic and influential songwriters and performers of the late twentieth century, Joy Division's Ian Curtis. Learn More
  20. Sniffin' Glue

    Sniffin' Glue: And Other Rock'n'roll Habits: The Essential Punk Accessory


    Sniffin' Glue was the most vital and cutting edge punk fanzine of its time. It featured all the key artists of the time from "The Ramones" and the "Sex Pistols" to "Blondie". Learn More
  21. Slash: A History of the Legendary LA Punk Magazine

    Slash: A History of the Legendary LA Punk Magazine: 1977-1980


    The legendary punk and new wave alternative weekly magazine Slash was founded in Los Angeles in 1977 by Steve Samiof, and published a total of 29 print issues before its demise in 1980 (though it did have a second life as the punk label Slash Records, which was eventually bought by Warner Bros. Records in 1999). Learn More
  22. See a Little Light (paperback)

    See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody


    The long-awaited, full-force autobiography of American punk music hero, Bob Mould. Learn More
  23. Rumpshaker #6

    Rumpshaker #6


    Hardcore reading. Learn More
  24. Route 19 Revisited

    Route 19 Revisited: The Clash and London Calling


    Twenty-eight years after its original release, The Clash’s London Calling was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame as a “recording of lasting qualitative or historical significance.” It topped polls on both sides of the Atlantic for the best album of the seventies (and eighties) and in publications as wide-ranging as Rolling Stone, VIBE, Pitchfork, and NME, and it regularly hits the top ten on greatest-albums-of-all-time-lists. Even its cover—the instantly recognizable image of Paul Simonon smashing his bass guitar—has attained iconic status, inspiring countless imitations and even being voted the best rock ’n’ roll photograph ever by Q magazine. Learn More
  25. Roomanitarian



    Henry Rollins returns to the combative prose that has won him critical acclaim and a legion of devoted fans. Learn More

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