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Denvoid and the Cowtown Punks: A Collection of Stories from the ‘80s Denver Punk
By Bob Rob Medina, 228 pgs.
By Rev. Norb

This is a huge, weighty, colorful, stinky, profusely illustrated, sparsely photographed book about the Denver scene of the 1980s, a scene that, due to relative geographic isolation and the absence of internet, mutated largely along its own trajectory.


Human Punk
By John King, 341 pgs.
By Michael T. Fournier

Joe Martin, the novel’s protagonist, is a rough-and-tumble teenager when Human Punkbegins in 1977. He lives with his parents, hangs around with his friends, and picks cherries and works in pubs to finance his record buying and drinking. Between tube station dust-ups with boot boys he sees tons of bands play, including a SPOTS-era Sex Pistols gig. And there’s tons of speed to be snorted.




Last Mass
By Jamie Iredell, 199 pgs.
By Jim Woster

Jamie Iredell set out to write his big novel about Spain’s colonization of California.What Iredell ended up writing was his own collage of California’s colonial history and his Catholic upbringing on California’s CentralCoast.


Nihilist, The: A Philosophical Novel
By John Marmysz, 164 pgs.
By Keith Rosson

The book honestly seems to be little more than a vehicle for the author to expound on his philosophical viewpoints. Page after page after page of them, be it in straight dictation to the reader, or in stiff, unrealistic verbal debate between the main character and someone, anyone else.




Restart Me Up: The Unauthorized, Un-Accurate Oral History of Windows 95
By Lesley Tsina, 80 pgs.
By Michael T. Fournier

Windows 95- Lesley Tsina has written a fake oral history. She understands the aforementioned folly, that the computer realm is loaded with gags and punch lines, and elevates the oral history form to new comedic heights with this (mostly) fabricated story of Microsoft’s lauded operating system.




Tables without Chairs #1
By Bud Smith & Brian Alan Ellis, 164 pgs.
By MP Johnson

There are two novellas about slacker dudes going about their day-to-day slacker business. Between them is a spread of bullshit—and I mean that in the nicest way possible.




Vile Men
By Rebecca Jones-Howe, 189 pgs.
By Jim Woster

In Vile Men, Jones-Howe forges into our collective sexual grotesque of victims and predators and discovers actual human beings everywhere she looks.


Featured Book Reviews from Issue #89
David Ensminger, Ian Svenonius, Mario T. Garcia
By Staff


Up front: Ensminger is a great interviewer. He’s interested in his subject(s), he knows how to ask questions that will disarm and pique the interest of his interviewees to elicit more than a simple answer, and clearly does his homework. –Jimmy Alvarado



Just Words
By Brian Czarnik, 181 pgs.
By Michael T. Fournier

Band biographies are cut from the cloth woven from these stories: the connections, networks, and names. Brian Czarnik’s Just Words is no exception. Starting from his pre-punk metal youth, he walks us through his time in the aforementioned Oblivion, as well as his time in the Bollweevils.


That’s Entertainment: My Life in the Jam
By Rick Buckler
By koepenick

This effort is extremely thorough and dives deeper into Buckler’s life after the band disintegrated. If you were ever a fan of The Jam, you need this book to connect the dots. Essential!


Mavericks of Sound: Conversations with Artists Who Shaped Indie and Roots Music
By David Ensminger, 231 pgs.
By jimmy

Up front: Ensminger is a great interviewer. He’s interested in his subject(s), he knows how to ask questions that will disarm and pique the interest of his interviewees to elicit more than a simple answer, and clearly does his homework.


Last of the Hippies, The: An Hysterical Romance
By Penny Rimbaud, 117 pgs.
By Craven Rock

Sticking to what you believe in is what comes through in this book. Rimbaud, one of the founders of Crass, still believes that people can govern themselves without interference from the state.


Descending Memphis
By Robert R. Moss
By koepenick

The action is set in the South in the 1950s. You can feel the grit, see the greasy eggs, and smell the home fries coming off the pages. Rock music, double dealing, and hard drinking offer up twists and turns throughout the tale.


Chicano Generation, The: Testimonios of the Movement
By Mario T. García, 335 pgs.
By Jim Woster

For this book, García collaborated with three people who were active in the Chicano movement from the late 1960s to the early 1970s: Raul Ruiz, Gloria Arellanes, and Rosalio Muñoz. Between the three activists’ testimonies, we get a fairly full picture of the Chicano movement, including the high-school walkouts and the anti-war moratorium. 


Censorship Now!!
By Ian F. Svenonius, 209 pgs.
By kurt

I’d love to read Svenonius make a serious, sincere case for his beliefs.


Featured Book Reviews from Issue #88
Lit-rah-chur!
By Staff


Sure, there’s blood, cults, spiked pig head flails, and otherworldly corn stocks. However, underneath the gore and guts is a story. A romance.
-Matthew Hart reviews Cattle Cult! Kill! Kill!!



Amazing Punk Stories
By David Agranoff, 263 pgs.
By mp

Punk rock and weird fiction collide perfectly in the thirteen short stories collected in this book. Things get brutal. Really brutal. Backwoods punk rock cannibals brutal.


The Bell Tolls for No One
By Charles Bukowski, edited by David Stephen Calonne, 305 pgs.
By Jim Woster

City Lights found some more Bukowski for a new collection. The first story is a 1948 attempt to write like the serious and important writers did. One of them is a dumbass fantasy about rooming with Hitler and farting out a tiny creature that Hitler celebrates for some reason. 


Cattle Cult! Kill! Kill!
By MP Johnson, 152 pgs.
By Matthew Hart

In a small Wisconsin town, something strange is afoot. Sure, there’s blood, cults, spiked pig head flails, and otherworldly corn stocks. However, underneath the gore and guts is a story. A romance.




Dirty Version, The
By Buddha Monk and Mickey Hess, 237 pgs.
By jimmy

This tome recounts Ol' Dirty Bastard’s life—his early days and the Wu-Tang’s origins, connections to the old neighborhood, and the toll sudden wealth and fame took on all of the above—as well as Buddha’s history as a Wu-Tang affiliate and hip hop producer and performer. 


Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables
By Michael Stewart Foley, 177 pgs.
By Kevin Dunn

Michael Stewart Foley’s Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables is one of the newest releases in the “33 1/3” book series, an on-going series of short works each focusing on an iconic record, this time: the Dead Kennedys debut album.


Immune System, The: A Dewey Decimal Novel
By Nathan Larson, 287 pgs.
By Michael T. Fournier

Dewey Decimal is a mercenary in a dystopian New York City with no bridges: they were destroyed by terrorists on Valentine’s Day, leaving Manhattan Balkanized by organized crime syndicates.


Losing in Gainesville
By Brian Costello, 524 pgs.
By Chris Terry

Losing in Gainesvilleis five hundred pages of quarter-life crisis for the type of dudes who start a new band every time they get drunk, but haven’t actually touched their guitars in months.


One Chord Wonders: Power and Meaning in Punk Rock
By Dave Laing, 224 pgs.
By jimmy

An exhaustive (and often exhausting) overview of the myriad parts of the British punk scene—the use of names; the utilization of musical structures; lyrics; fashion; attitudes on and offstage; its place within the music industry of the time; what it might’ve all meant.


Pipe Bomb for the Soul
By Alice Bag, 112 pgs.
By Kevin Dunn

Pipe Bomb for the Soul is a collection of Alice Bag’s memoirs from her time spent in Nicaragua in 1986. While most political punks in the ‘80s were content to sing about what a dickhead Reagan was, Bag actually traveled to Nicaragua to help out.


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