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Amped: Notes From A Go-Nowhere Punk Band Paperback – January 1, 2002

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AMPED becomes a kind of guidebook to DIY ethics, to the frenzied drive of the youthful mind, not to mention the unruly nature of the machine. -- New City, February 12

The prose, like punk rock, is simple, energetic and full of the sort of overt emotion that would be embarrassing if it wasn’t so honest. -- Weep Webzine, March 2001

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Nonfiction. 168 pages with illustration. Full-color matte cover.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Viper; First Edition edition (January 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967790808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967790800
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,980,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on August 7, 2003
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My son, age 15, needs to read for school and I'm constantly trying to find things that interest him. This book did it, he read it almost non-stop. He's into music and bands and this book kept his interest.
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This book is a real friggin gem. Very well written (cannot say the same for most "punk" books that have surfaced recently), concise,and engaging. Though a work of non-fiction, it reads like a very modest historical account of a guy getting turned on to punk rock and how his band, friends, and life develops. Funny anecdotes, honest perspective ... Amped is about as good as it gets when analyzing a time in "punk" when punk and hardcore had gone different ways and indie rock was developing. Amped captures the spirit of many who drifted between scenes and couldn't help themselves from being underground. This paints a pefect picture.
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Okay, I loved this book. It's one of those books that you find that you're reading at three in the morning because you don't want to wait till tomorrow to finish it, and then you start laughing through your nose and snorting (something which you hardly ever do) cos it's such a riot, and cos Jon Resh is one of those authors... by which I mean, the kind of author who finds humor in the little things in life, and who can express himself with intelligence and wit. According to him, he was a (crummy)singer, but that's okay - cos he's a hell of a writer. I recommend Amped highly.
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Jon Resh should really write more books, because "Amped" is one of the funniest, wittiest and captivating books I've ever read, especially in the literary punk genre. It's a short book that can be finished in one sitting, and I can assure you that once you start reading it, you won't be able to put it back down.
The fact that this book is actually a work of NON-fiction makes the wonderful writing all the more amazing. Resh has the uncanny ability of making anecdotes of his unknown life in his equally unknown punkrock band actually seem *interesting*, and all without any self-aggrandizing embellishment. The author is truly down to earth and never makes him or his band out to be something they obviously aren't. But while the situations and experiences are downright mundane, he's somehow always able to pull something much greater out of them, and leave you feeling as if you've actually *learned* something of great "bigger-picture" importance.
Resh and his band, Spoke, never made it big (as the subtitle of the book obviously implies), but through all of his stories of nightmarish touring in decrepit vans, surviving on Ramen noodles, getting shafted by unscrupulous club owners and dozens of other decidedly unglamourous experiences that one usually has in a "go nowhere" rock-and-roll band, you get the overall feeling that it was all worth it. That's what punkrock (and rock and roll in general) is supposed to be all about: Having Unabashed Fun For No Materialistic Reward. After you finish reading the book, you really feel that it's perfectly possible to live a fulfilled and fun life, even if you are dirt poor with not an iota of fame or recognition to your credit.
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By Todd on March 18, 2004
i dont remember when the last time i actually finished a whole book. i finished this in 3 days (extremely fast for me) you dont want to put it down. completely worth reading.
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Having grown up in the punk scene of the late 80s/early 90s, I found this book perfectly captured the zeitgeist of that whole time and movement. I've probably bought four or five copies in addition to the one I have to give to friends because I don't want to loan mine out on the off chance I don't ever see it again.
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