- Paperback: 316 pages
- Publisher: Backbeat Books; First edition. edition (November 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0879309199
- ISBN-13: 978-0879309190
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #294,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Official Punk Rock Book of Lists Paperback – November 1, 2007
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I'll start with the "Bad" first... (but there is lots of good stuff too- so please read all!!!)
One thing that stands out in almost every list is that it's very NYC biased. Don't get me wrong, some of the best punk rock of all time came from the Big Apple, but it's certainly not the only city to produce great punk music. They did mention "The Germs" quite a bit, but that's about the only California punk band that was represented in most of the book. Out of about 300 pages, I don't think they mentioned Social D or Operation Ivy once, and when they mentioned Rancid and NOFX, they mostly made fun of them. I'm not claiming these are the greatest bands of the genre by any means, and I'm from the midwest so it's not a personal thing- I just think there were so many obvious lists and stories that barely looked passed the Manhattan Skyline. (Please don't turn this into a EC vs WC punk feud- I just picked those bands b/c they were the first ones I thought of... and we saw what happened to Biggie and Tupac) The west coast bands they do mention, I think are more grunge / alternative than anything- the Butthole Surfers, Mudhoney, Pearl Jam, Nirvana and Dinosaur Jr are mentioned at least 50 times combined, but not one mention of Mike Ness?! Are you kidding me?
Another thing I noticed throughout the book is the massive amounts of quotes from other books. Some parts are almost literally pages from other's work.Read more ›
Not sure about the anger involved in the review :"Has Been-Never Was"....How angry can one get about a book this light?...A personal vendetta, perhaps?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fast delivery. The book arrived quickly. I would definitely suggest this book to anyone interested in punk music. Lots of interesting things in it to make you go "hmm".Published on January 16, 2012 by Amanda Tucker
I guess having Handsome Dick Manitoba as a coauthor is why it is so NYC-based.
26 Queercore Bands with Cool Names did not include Pansy Division not Tribe 8! Read more
Book showed up on time & in great shape. System was easy to use and will use it again. No problems. Thanks.Published on August 25, 2011 by wadefran
Seriously, how can you not love this book? It encompasses everything I hold near and dear to my heart - lists, punk, and Handsome Dick Manitoba! Read morePublished on January 15, 2011 by Paper Rules
I've read the book. I've read the reviews. The naysayers are all missing the point, which probably makes them true punks - if one subscribes to the theory that a person must be... Read morePublished on December 10, 2010 by Harvey Headbanger
Manitoba & Wallace paid due respect to NYC Scene, but really gave short-shrift to the West Coast Scene. Read morePublished on October 24, 2010 by Ronaldo
This book is fun. It makes me laugh. I was neither a punk rocker nor I am I familiar with 75% of the references. But merely perusing the Table of Contents is worth the price. Read morePublished on November 28, 2009 by JoeAminaPops