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Read punk books on the anniversary of the "revolution
Why read books about punk? And in 1974 the Ramones, with whom Smith often shared the stage at CBGB's, the local historian of Bowery, had recorded Judy, is a punk. To celebrate more than forty years of punk culture, here is a list of books about punk to read to get closer to the phenomenon that was initially considered a youth movement but still influences fashion, art and music today.
Novels and Autobiographies: Books about Punk to Read: Time is a Bastard by Jennifer Egan is one of the most interesting works of recent years. A series of stories about New York, beginning in the 70s, whose punk music scene is told through the eyes of a record company.
A punk book in its own structure, between excursions into time and space. Another much discussed book about New York and its punk scene is City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg. The escapades of a young provincialist in the city, his lover, who visits punk musicians, smoky clubs, drugs, squatted houses, are the protagonists of the novel.
From her arrival in New York, without money or work, to poetry recitals that led her to engrave a horse, the artist tells of her early years in the city. Another autobiography is that of Kim Gordon, the female half of Sonic Youth, who owes her meeting with her current ex-husband Thurston Moore to her passion for punk music.
Girl in a bande is a story about what was left of punk in New York in the following decades. Written by his wife Linda, the opera tells the story of the band's work and its influence on punk music, starting with their first concerts at the CBGB. Punk in the 1990s strongly influenced the Riot Grrrl movement, and many works testify to this, starting with girls on the front of Sara Marcus, a punk and activist book that tells the female and feminist counterculture that is shaped by DIY and women's bands.
Not only Brownstein's personal story is the story of Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, but also the story of female punk groups and the obstacles they had to overcome, from the strenuous travels to the concert without spending much money to rehearsals in her basement. Always in Great Britain, but in the 70s, during the historical ideological battle, but not only between punk and the mod, the fans of progressives music, you have to read The band of brocades by Jonathan Coe.