A Cultural Dictionary of Punk: 1974-1982 by Nicholas Rombes

By Nicholas Rombes

Neither a dry-as-dust reference quantity recycling an analogous uninteresting proof nor a gushy, gossipy puff piece, A Cultural Dictionary of Punk: 1974-1982 is a daring publication that examines punk as a stream that's top understood by way of putting it in its cultural box. It includes myriad critical-listening descriptions of the sounds of the time, but additionally areas these sounds within the context of history.  Drawing on 1000s of fanzines, magazines, and newspapers, the ebook isâin the spirit of punkâan obsessive, exhaustively researched, and occasionally deeply own portrait of the various ways that punk used to be an inventive, cultural, and political expression of defiance.

A Cultural Dictionary of Punk
is equipped round rankings of distinctive entries, on every thing from Lester Bangs to The Slits, from Jimmy Carter to Minimalism, from 'Dot sprint' to undesirable Brains. either hugely informative and thrillingly idiosyncratic, the ebook takes a clean examine how the malaise of the Seventies provided fertile floor for punkâas good because the new wave, post-punk, and hardcoreâto grow to be a rejection of the straightforward platitudes of the demise counter-culture.  The association is offered and enjoyable: brief bursts of that means, in music with the beat of punk itself.

Rombes upends notions that the tale of punk might be instructed in a chronological, linear style. intended to be learn directly via or unfolded and skilled at random, A Cultural Dictionary of Punk covers not just a number of the famous, now-legendary punk bands, however the imprecise, forgotten ones in addition. alongside the best way, punk's mystery codes are unraveled and a serious time in historical past is framed and exclaimed.

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