Gimme Something Better and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Buy Used
$5.34
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Good | Details
Sold by AZ_Fulfillment
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: [Solid Condition Paperback. Cover has wear. May contain writing/markings. May be ex-library copy. Expedited Shipping Available]
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Gimme Something Better: The Profound, Progressive, and Occasionally Pointless History of Bay Area Punk from Dead Kennedys to Green Day Paperback – Bargain Price, September 29, 2009


See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback, Bargain Price, September 29, 2009
$12.36 $5.34

This is a bargain book and quantities are limited. Bargain books are new but could include a small mark from the publisher and an Amazon.com price sticker identifying them as such. Details
12%20Days%20of%20Deals%20in%20Books

Special Offers and Product Promotions

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Hero Quick Promo
12 Days of Kindle Book Deals
Load your library with Amazon's editors' picks, $2.99 or less each today only. Learn more

Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics); Original edition (September 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143113801
  • ASIN: B00342VF0U
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,446,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Jack Boulware is the author of San Francisco Bizarro, and was a columnist at SF Weekly throughout the 1990s. His writing has appeared in many publications including The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Playboy and Mojo.

Silke Tudor was born in the Bay Area and reared on punk. She was a columnist at SF Weekly and the Village Voice.

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven Patterson on December 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
Wonderful book about a fascinating subject, and, if you're not familiar with the cast of characters, an fine introduction to some memorable musicians. Unlike so many books on rock'n'roll that either gush about their subjects or seek to crucify them, reading "Gimme Something Better" feels like hanging out in a seedy bar and splitting a pitcher with some extremely colorful folks who aren't afraid to talk about the lows as well as the highs. Not afraid to talk about anything, actually. The jerks are jerks, and the geniuses are geniuses, but none of them are boring. Highly recommended.

Steve Patterson
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brendan B. Moore on November 5, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition
Fantastic book! You always hear about LA and NYC scenes but I have always been a fan of East Bay punk- Green Day, Op Ivy, Rancid, Crimpshrine- so this book details the rise of a fairly important period of time. A must for all punk fans
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aimee on July 6, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Not the best version of an oral history on punk, but it does pertain to the San Fran Bay Area and that is not easy to come by. As per most books of this type, it is random in spots and moves quickly (adding confusion to the experience of reading it). All in all, it is an important aspect of history and the result is a treasure trove of quotables and one-liners.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mightyamy on March 26, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I really enjoy reading punk rock related oral histories- my favorite is Our Band Could be Your Life by Michael Azerrad. Gimme Something Better starts at the very beginning of the SF punk scene and takes you up to about 2007. There is a fair amount on the very early SF punk bands which I was less familiar with. I was hoping for more history on Op Ivy and other Lookout! bands but you get a good amount of Green Day history. If you are at all interested in punk history, then this is worth a read. I would recommend not purchasing the Kindle edition.

The formatting in the Kindle edition is a bit weird- there are a lot of places where the name of the speaker is not bolded or offset and so you have to read twice to see who is speaking. Also, there is one image that is not rendered at all, it's just a target mark with a caption. For a book with very few images, you'd think they could have made sure all 4 or 5 of them made it into the Kindle edition especially for the $14.99 price.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again