Release Date: 28 April 2009
Format: Paperback / softback
""To see The Clash on the" White Riot" tour was like discovering how to be a rock star: you just did it yourself. You didn't wait for someone to come and discover you. That was the most important thing that came out of punk . . . It was year zero. That was the moment for me." --Billy Bragg"
A book like no other, this is an oral history of a radical movement which exploded in 1970s Britain. With its own clothes, hair, artwork, fanzines, and radical politics, punk boasted a DIY ethos that meant anyone could take part. The scene was uniquely vibrant and energetic, leaving an extraordinary legacy of notorious events, charismatic characters, and inspirational music. John Robb spent more than a year interviewing more than 100 contributors including Glen Matlock, Mick Jones, Malcolm McLaren, Lemmy, Slash, Siouxsie Sioux, Chrissie Hynde, Crass, Henry Rollins, Poly Styrene, Kurt Cobain, and Captain Sensible. Now, for the first time, they give the inside view on events such as The Sex Pistols' swearing live on television, famous gigs at The Roxy" "and 100 Club, and the groundbreaking records by The Pistols, The Clash, The Damned, and others. From the widely debated roots of punk in the late 1960s through the fallout of the postpunk period in 1984 and the ongoing influence on today's bands, this is the definitive oral history of an inimitable and exciting movement.
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