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For all the above reasons and NOT because I am a fan of punk, I picked up this book to better understand the era, which I lived through but tried to ignore.
Brenda Perlin did a magnificent job, guiding me, teaching me, enlightening me about why Billy Idol and others like him became famous, when All I thought, was that they were making a ridiculous noise!
I have to add, that written by a lesser wordsmith, this book would not have pulled me in and, more importantly, kept me reading. The writing was inspired. I can only put this down to the author's love of the subject. Her enthusiasm, enlightening stories, real conversation was done in such a way, that I not only paid attention, I thought about what was being said.
Do I now like punk...no, but I have come to understand why so many did, thanks to this great innovative book by Brenda Perlin.
I wasn't into punk; it started in 1976 in England, which was the year I left school, already a long hair and rock type person, but in my early 20s I hung around with a fair few people who were into that scene, so it was interesting to read about it from the golden hills of Hollywood as opposed to a grey Midlands English town. If you have similar memories to Brenda you will enjoy reading about the bands she saw, the places she went - it's highly enviable! I would have liked to hear more about Skid Row and the darker side of life at the time, but I imagine that the decision was made to keep the book fairly upbeat. At the back there are some of her own photos of the bands she saw.
Also in the book are some other peoples' memories, plus an introduction and story about Billy Idol by the fabulous Mark Barry - which, I hear, Billy Idol has actually read! This is certainly worth a read if you're on a punk nostalgia trip, and I imagine it's something Brenda will always treasure.
Brenda talks about visiting places which many of us have only heard of in movies and in articles. She talks about hanging around with musicians before they became known. She leads us through her struggles as a teenager dealing with conservative parents yet trying to fit into the emerging punk scene - the only place she felt she belonged. It is a struggle many of us can relate to.
L.A. Punk Rocker is written in a way that makes the reader feel as if she is sitting with the authors over a drink, discussing their experiences. Ms. Perlin has added other stories, which provide other glimpses into the tumultuous time they lived and which many were lucky to survive.
I highly recommend this book for those wanting to look at an important time in musical history by those who lived it.
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