ÂRanks up there with the great rock & roll books of all time.âÂTime Out New York
ÂLurid, insolent, disorderly, funny, sometimes gross, sometimes mean and occasionally touching . . . Resounds with authenticity.âÂThe New York Times
ÂNo volume serves juicier dish on punkâs New York birth . . . Tales of sex, drugs and music that will make you wish youâd been there.âÂRolling Stone
A contemporary classic, Please Kill Me is the definitive oral history of the most nihilistic of all pop movements. Iggy Pop, Richard Hell, the Ramones, and scores of other punk figures lend their voices to this decisive account of that explosive era. This 20th anniversary edition features new photos and an afterword by the authors.
ÂUtterly and shamelessly sensational.âÂNewsday
âA thrilling and essential social history that details the rebellious youth movement that helped change the world.â âRolling Stone
âOriginal and inspiring . . . Mr. Mohr has writÂten an imÂporÂtant work of Cold War culÂtural hisÂtory.â âThe Wall Street Journal
âWildly entertaining . . . A thrilling tale . . . A joy in the way it brings back punkâs fury and high stakes.â âVogue
It began with a handful of East Berlin teens who heard the Sex Pistols on a British military radio broadcast to troops in West Berlin, and it ended with the collapse of the East German dictatorship. Punk rock was a life-changing discovery. The buzz-saw guitars, the messed-up clothing and hair, the rejection of society and the DIY approach to building a new one: in their gray surroundings, where everyoneâs future was preordained by some communist apparatchik, punk represented a revolutionary philosophyâquite literally, as it turned out.
But as these young kids tried to form bands and became more visible, security forcesâincluding the dreaded secret police, the Stasiâtargeted them. They were spied on by friends and even members of their own families; they were expelled from schools and fired from jobs; they were beaten by police and imprisoned. Instead of conforming, the punks fought back, playing an indispensable role in the underground movements that helped bring down the Berlin Wall.
This secret history of East German punk rock is not just about the music; it is a story of extraordinary bravery in the face of one of the most oppressive regimes in history. Rollicking, cinematic, deeply researched, highly readable, and thrillingly topical, BurningDown the Haus brings to life the young men and women who successfully fought authoritarianism three chords at a timeâand is a fiery testament to the irrepressible spirit of revolution.
Hilly Kristal originally intended his club to showcase the type of music his venue's notorious letters stand for: Country, Bluegrass, Blues. Little did he know his club on the Bowery would be the birthplace of a new era of music in New York City: Punk. While CBGB ultimately didn't describe the music the club was known for, OMFUG (Other Music for Uplifting Gormandizers) still represents what the club provides for all voracious "eaters" of music.
CBGB & OMFUG is a musical and cultural landmark, recognized worldwide and visited by countless tourists and music lovers each year. In these luminous pages, CBGB's influence and legacy is honored with 200 photos of some of the most celebrated artists in music history. With an introduction by Hilly Kristal, an afterword by David Byrne, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and cofounder of Talking Heads, and additional commentary by numerous performers and patrons, CBGB & OMFUG features unforgettable images by the many photographers who documented an American institution.
This is not your typical Zen book. Brad Warner, a young punk who grew up to be a Zen master, spares no one. This bold new approach to the "Why?" of Zen Buddhism is as strongly grounded in the tradition of Zen as it is utterly revolutionary. Warner's voice is hilarious, and he calls on the wisdom of everyone from punk and pop culture icons to the Buddha himself to make sure his points come through loud and clear. As it prods readers to question everything, Hardcore Zen is both an approach and a departure, leaving behind the soft and lyrical for the gritty and stark perspective of a new generation.
This new edition will feature an afterword from the author.
In March 1977, John "Johnny Rotten" Lydon of the punk band the Sex Pistols looked over the Berlin wall onto the grey, militarized landscape of East Berlin, which reminded him of home in London. Lydon went up to the wall and extended his middle finger. He didn't know it at the time, but the Sex Pistols' reputation had preceded his gesture, as young people in the "Second World" busily appropriated news reports on degenerate Western culture as punk instruction manuals. Soon after, burgeoning Polish punk impresario Henryk Gajewski brought the London punk band the Raincoats to perform at his art gallery and student club-the epicenter for Warsaw's nascent punk scene. When the Raincoats returned to England, they found London erupting at the Rock Against Racism concert, which brought together 100,000 "First World" UK punks and "Third World" Caribbean immigrants who contributed their cultures of reggae and Rastafarianism. Punk had formed networks reaching across all three of the Cold War's "worlds".
The first global narrative of punk, Punk Crisis examines how transnational punk movements challenged the global order of the Cold War, blurring the boundaries between East and West, North and South, communism and capitalism through performances of creative dissent. As author Raymond A. Patton argues, punk eroded the boundaries and political categories that defined the Cold War Era, replacing them with a new framework based on identity as conservative or progressive. Through this paradigm shift, punk unwittingly ushered in a new era of global neoliberalism.
Finalist, 2017 Indie Book Awards for Autobiography/Memoir, Foreword Reviews
Punk Avenue: The New York City Underground 1972-1982 is an intimate look at author Paris-born Phil Marcadeâs first ten years in the United States where drifted from Boston to the West Coast and back, before winding up in New York City and becoming immersed in the early punk rock scene. From backrooms of Maxâs and CBGBâs to the Tropicana Hotel in Los Angeles and back, Punk Avenue is a tour de force of stories from someone at the heart of the era. With brilliant, often hilarious prose, Marcade relays first-hand tales about spending a Provincetown summer with photographer Nan Goldin and actor-writer Cookie Mueller, having the Ramones play their very first gig at his party, working with Blondieâs Debbie Harry on French lyrics for her songs, enjoying Thanksgiving with Johnny Thundersâ mother, and starting the beloved NYC punk-blues band The Senders. Along the way, he smokes a joint with Bob Marley, falls down a mountain, gets attacked by Nancy Spungenâs junkie cat, become a junkie himself, adopts a dog who eats his pot, opens for The Clash at Bondâs Casino, opens a store named Rebop on Seventh Avenue, throws up in some girlâs mouth, talks about vacuum cleaners with Sid Vicious,Â lives thru the Blackout of 1977, gets glue in his eye, gets mugged at knife point, plays drums with Johnny Thundersâ band Gang War, sets some guyâs attache-case on fire, listens to pre-famous Madonna singing in the rehearsal studio next to his, gets mugged at gun point, O.D.s on heroin, gets saved by a gentle giant named Bill, lives at nightÂ Never sleepsÂ Â A very funny book.
The 1980s have become a decade of incredible technological advancement thanks to a race of occupying alien reptiles, but sixteen-year-old Danny Thomas thinks theyâre up to something. Mostly your average video game loving, pop-culture obsessed teenager, Danny finds adolescence in 1987 a bit trying. Now thereâs this whole new alien technology called social media. According to the worldâs allegedly benevolent alien benefactors, sharing photos and personal updates online is the first step to guiding Earth toward a peaceful utopia. Danny and his friends have begun to suspect the opposite is true. Together, seven teenagers and a defecting alien reptile set out to expose a sinister plot while navigating the treacherous waters of teenage friendship and romance. Punk Rock vs. The Lizard People combines the coming-of-age teen comedy-drama of The Breakfast Club with the frenetic sci-fi grit of District 9. Celebrating and subverting beloved tropes, what begins as a loving, nostalgic romp becomes a powerful meditation on grief and the quest for significance.
A fast-paced send up of punk rock's best bands from the past and present, this fun-filled activity book allows readers to apply Siouxsie Sioux's makeup, draw Henry Rollins' tattoos, color the members of Green Day, and complete word searches.
"A great story of a lost world. Having seen that world disappear in recent years, it was quite a treat to go on this journey. One of a time and place long gone, but not forgotten. Long before the Disneyfication of modern day Hollywood, it was a run down and left behind wasteland, dangerous, lively, unbounded and free. Where the disenfranchised outcasts, rejected children of the dysfunctional working class, came to find their place, their peace of mind. Roving the tattered shadows and crooked sidewalks of the boulevard, drinking, raising Hell for Hell's sake, looking for action, music, love, inebriation, acceptance, and family, while the rest of the world droned on in mind-numbing normalcy. Adam Wilson's first-hand account of life as a punk in the streets of Los Angeles, the gangs that stuck together for unity, solidarity, and what little they had to fight for, is a powerful and unsung testimonial, well worth reading. Learn what LA was really made of. Read his all telling tale, an honest and open account of a time and place, not likely to ever see the light of day again." ~Christiaan Angelo Pasquale
For fans of music and edgy fashion, this is the story of punk, told by the people who lived it and the shirts on their back. The punk revolution wasnât just musicâit also shaped fashion, especially the ripped, often handmade T-shirts emblazoned with provocative slogans.Â Punk TeesÂ captures this youthful revolt through the people who lived it and the clothing they wore. It charts the evolution of punk, T-shirt by T-shirt, from the genreâs roots in the 1960s through its zenith in the mid-1970s/early 1980s, to its legacy today. Moving from the Ramones in New York, to their British counterparts the Sex Pistols, to Metal Urbain in Paris, to bands in Germany, Australia, Scandinavia, and Japan, this book illuminates what punk culture really meant. Included are original interviews with fans discussing their own customized punk T-shirts, as well as with punkâs key influencers.