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  • 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 (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #373,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ramrod on January 15, 2011
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Where the heck do I start? This book was highly recommended as, get this,BATHROOM LITERATURE. Since I spend as much time in the bathroom as the next idiot, I decided to buy it..not ONE, but TWO copies. Hey, I have 4 bathrooms, pal. So I was shocked to find out it isn't just hysterically funny, but rich in Punk Rock history as well. One of the authors is Handsome Dick Manitoba, who himself is an underground legend in the world of all things punk and rock and roll, and apparently has an opinion about EVERYTHING. The man is a scream, flat out. Amy Wallace, co conspirator here, is a writer of some renown, and appears to be bucking for a Nobel Peace Prize for wading into the insanity within these MANY pages. If you have ANY interest in punk rock, from a historical stand point as well as a 'oh shut up and get to the good stuff' standpoint pick this'll laugh your @ss off. PLUS, the print is extra large so you can continue to read through the inevitable tears from reading of the antics of everyone from Joey Ramone thru Kurt Cobain. BUY IT...The Official Punk Rock Book of Lists
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By mikemc402 on September 14, 2010
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I picked up a copy of this about a month ago at the John Varvatos store (formerly CBGB's) in New York City. I needed a cool souvenir and this was sitting right on the front counter- last one! I skimmed through it a few times over the past month or so and there are some great lists, but yesterday I read it cover to cover and was a little disappointed for severeal reasons.

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.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cool Papa Bell on October 25, 2008
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I put this book in my bathroom "bookshelf"...Each morning, while having my coffee, I read 2 or 3 or 5 or 6 pages, and have been highly entertained for months...The very accomplished writer Amy Wallace(from the orignal Book Of Lists family, The Wallaces), put this together with Punk Rock Icon, Bar Owner, Radio Host, Handsome Dick Manitoba.Along with GREAT drawings by Cliff Mott and a forward by Danny Fields, this is a steal in terms of how much pure fun it is, and how entertaining it is. Sometimes funny, sometimes silly, many times irreverant, and occasionally downright serious, The Official Punk Rock Book Of Lists is the "Feel Good Hit Of The Year"..And....An inexpensive XMAS present, to boot!

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?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By prince of the bronx on December 10, 2010
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I've loved lists since i was a kid waiting for WABC & WMCA (AM, friends, AM) to unveil the new survey (chart) every week. Where would the new Stones record be? Would it blow past The Beatles latest? Aretha's new one could be this week's PICK HIT OF THE WEEK!! Watching your favorites jockey up and down the charts was like betting on the horses for kids; except we didn't bet and there were no horses; but THAT degree of seriousness. In the years since i have found that i still compulsively read year-end (or whenever they appear) Best Of' Lists, whether it's records, movies, books, restaurants, etc, etc. BUT, i can tell you that this one here is unlike any book of lists you've ever seen. These lists are as passionately compiled as any you've seen but when did you last see lists like KIM FOWLEY'S TEN GOLDEN MOMENTS IN PUNK ROCK preceded by NICK TOSCHES' 10 WHO WERE PUNK BEFORE THERE WAS PUNK alongside THEY OD'd: 13 PUNKS WHO ACCIDENTALLY BOUGHT IT, which itself precedes THEY DIDN'T OD: 21 PUNK DEATHS. I think my favorite ones were the ones about food. There's Handsome Dick's own 5 FAVORITE PIZZA TOPPINGS, VIKIING THRUST'S 5 DISGUSTING BURGERS YOUR BAND CAN HAVE NEXT TIME YOU TOUIR AMERICA . I've had a few of 'em myself. Viking Thrust are right! And, i feel compelled to mention the always inappropriate 6 GREAT MOMENTS IN PUKING. Ok, now! Really, it's just a lot of fun, pick it up any page, anytime, anywhere, and you'll find something to argue about, laugh about, even think about. It's a great gift, as it just has a cool, irreverent spirit to it that i've found endlessly entertaining. Lots of cool rock types show up throughout and they all behave like they too grew up waiting for the new survey each week from their local radio station/lifeline.Read more ›
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