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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 Sean 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 Alvarado

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 Sean 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 Morris

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

Featured Book Reviews from Issue #88
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 Johnson

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 Alvarado

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 Alvarado

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.

Please Bee Nice: My Life Up ‘Til Now
By Gary Floyd with David Ensminger, 69 pgs.
By Sean Arenas

Gary Floyd was the singer for The Dicks, one of Texas’ most infamous and revered punk bands. His autobiography documents his upbringing, the formation of The Dicks (and the “‘new’ Dicks” in San Francisco), and his journey to inner peace.

Sunshine Crust Baking Factory, The
By Stacy Wakefield, 223 pgs.
By Garrett Barnwell

The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory serves as a fair novelization of a scene that the author is keenly informed of and even those with no first-hand knowledge of squatting will appreciate the author’s ability to nail the atmosphere of that part of NYC in the mid-nineties.

What Is Punk?
By Eric Morse, 32 pgs.
By Indiana Laub

This is a fun little book intended to serve as (rhyming) curriculum for little punks learning their Punk History 101. You know the narrative: Stooges, CBGB, Ramones, all the Brits, all the women, California hardcore, so on and so forth.

Featured Book Review from Issue #87
A Wailing of a Town
By Staff

An Oral History of Early San Pedro Punk and More 1977–1985.
“It took thirty pages for Please Kill Me to show its ass, but it only
took fifteen for A Wailing of a Town to show its heart.” –Kelley O’Death

A Wailing of a Town: An Oral History of Early San Pedro Punk and More 1977–1985
By Craig Ibarra, 344 pgs.
By Kelley O’Death

It took thirty pages for Please Kill Me to show its ass, but it only took fifteen for A Wailing of a Town to show its heart.

This Must Be the Place
By Sean H. Doyle, 94 pgs.
By Jim Woster

The “My-Fucked-Up-Life” share is its own genre now, and has moved past the critique of “We’ve read this already,” which would be like panning a detective novel for featuring another private investigator as narrator. 

The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory
By Stacy Wakefield, 228 pgs.
By Chris Terry

After high school, Sid arrives in New York City hoping to move into a Lower East Side squat. When she finds the buildings full of cliques, she squats an abandoned Brooklyn bakery, grows up a bit, and manages to create community.

Snakepit Gets Old
By Ben Snakepit, 285 pgs.
By Lisa Weiss

It’s all about doing grown-up stuff like going to work in the morning, getting married, and passing kidney stones. Going to shows and playing shows, apparently, also fall into the category of stuff people do when they get old. 

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