PUNK

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. Woolgathering

    Woolgathering

    $18.95

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    The National Book Award–winner Patti Smith presents a treasure box of a childhood memoir about “clear unspeakable joy” and “just the wish to know.” Learn More
  2. Why Be Something That You're Not

    Why Be Something That You're Not: Detroit Hardcore 1979-1985

    $16.00

    In the early seventies, Detroit was the musical hub of America. Everything from the chart topping sounds of Motown records to the vicious proto-punk of The Stooges was being brewed out there and it seemed like there was no end in sight. Learn More
  3. What Is Punk?

    What Is Punk?

    $15.95

    What Is Punk? is a must-read pop-culture primer for children--an introduction to the punk revolution, recreated in vivid 3-D clay illustrations and told through rhyming couplets. Learn More
  4. We Never Learn

    We Never Learn: The Gunk Punk Undergut, 1988-2001

    $19.99

    Includes a code for free CD download of many of the bands featured in this book! Learn More
  5. We Got The Neutron Bomb

    We Got The Neutron Bomb: The Untold Story of L.A. Punk

    $14.95

    An oral history featuring The Go-Go's, The Runaways, The Germs, X, Black Flag, and beyond. Learn More
  6. Violence Girl

    Violence Girl: East L.A. Rage to Hollywood Stage, a Chicana Punk Story

    $17.95

    The proximity of the East L.A. barrio to Hollywood is as close as a short drive on the 101 freeway, but the cultural divide is enormous. Born to Mexican-born and American-naturalized parents, Alicia Armendariz migrated a few miles west to participate in the free-range birth of the 1970s punk movement. Alicia adopted the punk name Alice Bag, and became lead singer for The Bags, early punk visionaries who starred in Penelope Spheeris' documentary The Decline of Western Civilization. Learn More
  7. Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division

    Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division

    $18.99

    In Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division, Peter Hook, bassist for the legendary, groundbreaking band Joy Division, takes readers backstage with the group that helped define the sound of a generation and influenced artists such as U2, Radiohead, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Learn More
  8. Underground: The Subterranean Culture of Punk House Shows

    Underground: The Subterranean Culture of Punk House Shows

    $14.95

    Underground is all about the history and future of DIY punk touring in the USA. Learn More
  9. Touching Distance

    Touching From A Distance: Ian Curtis And Joy Division

    $18.00

    The only in-depth biographical account of the lead singer of Joy Division, written by his widow. Learn More
  10. Touch Me I'm Sick cover

    Touch Me I'm Sick (pH Classics)

    $18.00

    Poised at the epicenter of an explosive underground scene, photographer Charles Peterson witnessed the birth of a brash new era of music that grabbed the world by its throat and refused to let go. Learn More
  11. Totally Wired

    Totally Wired: Post-Punk Interviews And Overviews

    $16.95

    With his critically acclaimed Rip It Up and Start Again, renowned music journalist Simon Reynolds applied a unique understanding to an entire generation of musicians working in the wake of punk rock. Learn More
  12. This Music Leaves Stains

    This Music Leaves Stains: The Complete Story Of The Misfits

    $14.95

    Few bands in the past three decades have proven as affecting or exciting as the Misfits, the ferocious horror punk outfit that lurked in the shadows of suburban New Jersey and released a handful of pivotal underground recordings during their brief, tumultuous time together. Learn More
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    This Is A Call: The Life And Times Of Dave Grohl

    $16.99

    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
  14. The Strangest Tribe

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

    $18.95

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

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

    $19.95

    "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
  16. The Sharper Word

    The Sharper Word: A Mod Anthology

    $14.95

    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
  17. The Primal Screamer

    The Primal Screamer

    $14.95

    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
  18. The Philosophy Of Punk

    The Philosophy Of Punk: More Than Noise!

    $12.00

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

    The Official Punk Rock Book Of Lists

    $16.95

    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
  20. The Fallen

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

    $14.95

    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
  21. The Best Seat in the House

    The Best Seat in the House: A Cock Sparrer Story

    $19.95

    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
  22. Spray Paint the Walls

    Spray Paint the Walls: The Story of Black Flag

    $19.95

    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
  23. See a Little Light (paperback)

    See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody

    $16.95

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

    Rumpshaker #6

    $12.00

    Hardcore reading. Learn More
  25. Route 19 Revisited

    Route 19 Revisited: The Clash and London Calling

    $17.95

    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

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