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Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys
By Viv Albertine, 432 pgs.
By Kevin Dunn

Albertine’s CCCMMMBBB is a remarkable read in places. While her portrayals of the 1970s and early 1980s are breezy and incomplete, be prepared to be gutted by the harrowing portrayal of her adult years.


Dodgeball High
By Bradley Sands, 188 pgs.
By MP Johnson

Bradley Sands is one of the foremost comedy writers in the bizarro fiction movement. He has a knack for writing likeably dislikeable characters and throwing them into wacky situations. In the case of Dodgeball High, that character is Justin Lucas. Justin is basically the coolest teenager ever, at least in his own mind.


Double Nickels Forever: A tribute to Double Nickels on the Dime and the Minuteme
Various Artists, 180 pgs.
By Chris Terry

The Minutemen inspire great things. Case in point: this collection of comics and drawings based on songs from their legendary double album, Double Nickels on the Dime. Fifty-nine artists (including John Porcellino and Dmitry Samarov) each bring a different song to life, creating psychedelic narratives, sharing stories that relate to the songs, or just taking a crack at drawing drummer George Hurley’s floppy ‘80s skater bangs.


Punk Rock Blitzkrieg
By Marky Ramone with Richard Herschlag
By Guest Contributor

Punk Rock Blitzkrieg tells the story of Marky Ramone’s life behind the kit, playing drums for one of the most influential and iconic punk bands of all time, The Ramones.


Punk USA: The Rise and Fall of Lookout! Records
By Kevin Prested, 191 pgs.
By Kurt Morris

Punk USA is a primarily oral history account of the story of one of the favorite punk labels of the 1980s and ‘90s, Lookout Records... In in 2005, Lookout, for all practical purposes, went out of business. What happened and why? That’s what Punk USA tries to explore, but only does so to some degree.



You’re Crazy Volume 1: First Hand Accounts of Mental Illness
Addiction, and Trauma from the Punk Scene, Edited by Craig Lewis, 147 pgs.
By Steve Hart

You’re Crazycompiles horrific stories of addiction, hospitalization, rape, violence, depression and anxiety, relapse and recovery, and many other stories.




Tomboy
By Liz Prince, 255 pgs.
By Simon Sotelo

Liz Prince does an amazing job chronicling the uncomfortable and alienating childhood she experienced being a girl and wearing boy’s clothes.


Red Skies at Night: Journal of Revolutionary Strategy
and Praxis Issue 2, By Various Authors, 104 pgs
By Ollie Mikse

Red Skies at Night is a publication based in Portland, Oregon that collects writings focusing on anarchist/communist strategies for transforming society.


Raising Hell
By Norman Spinrad, 108 pgs.
By Jim Woster

The essay, while ultimately a manifesto for political and economic action, is essentially American History Since the Civil War in Twenty Pages. The book shares its title with its opening novella, in which Hell’s damned souls organize a union and go on strike.


King Shit
By Brian Alan, Illustrated By Waylon Thornton, 44 pgs.
By Simon Sotelo

That night you didn’t quite regret, but if you could have stayed at home would you? Probably not. 


Copycat and a Litter of Other Cats
By David Yow, 160 pgs.
By Aphid Peewit

The only word that applies here is: CUTE. These are simple, one-panel color cartoon illustrations that work off of cat-themed puns and they’re simply as cute as a bug’s ear. No getting around it. It is not an exaggeration to say that each of these could seriously be used for a line of cute greeting cards for people of the cat fancier persuasion.




Big Oldie: A Collection of Comic Zines
By Rick V., 89 pgs.
By Sean Arenas

Even if you lack artistic expertise, personal expression is a muscle that anyone can flex. Rick has exercised his muscles by documenting his local punk scene and his trials and tribulations in maintaining DIY space 1919 Hemphill.


Beyond the Music: How Punks Are Saving the World
with DIY Ethics, Skills and Values, Edited by Joe Biel 191 pgs.
By Steve Hart

Beyond the Music isn’t a book of nostalgia. Instead, this is a collection of stories, essays, and interviews detailing the journey of people within punk rock and focusing on what they are involved with presently.




Featured Book Reviews from Issue #83
Cuss words are used!
By Staff

Our featured book reviews from issue 83 take you all over the place, from a haunted Indian casino to New Mexico in the 1990s. 




Dead Kennedys: Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables: The Early Years
By Alex Ogg, 216 pgs.
By Guest Contributor




Tomboy
By Liz Prince, 256 pgs.
By Kurt Morris

Liz Prince isn’t a lesbian. She’s not bi-sexual. She’s a female who likes to wear clothes and participate in activities often attributed to the male gender. Growing up in Santa Fe, New Mexico in the 1990s, that was a difficult concept for people to understand. (Unfortunately it’s still a hard concept for many people to grasp.)


They Could Have Been Bigger than EMI Part 1: Europe
By Joachim Gaertner, 693 pgs.
By Jimmy Alvarado

A mammoth listing of releases from independent European record labels specializing in punk and related genres, thousands of ‘em—from +1 Records to ZZO Recordings—hailing from Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Norway, the UK, and so on.


Slip of the Tongue
By Katie Haegele, 158 pgs.
By Kurt Morris

Haegele has always had an interest in linguistics. She majored in it in college but doesn’t write in an academic way. But it is that exploration of verbal communication that ties these essays and articles together. She writes, “Thinking about language is the way I make sense of my humanity.”


Men Explain Things to Me
By Rebecca Solnit, 130 pgs.
By Jim Woster




Jesus Lizard Book, The
By The Jesus Lizard, 176 pgs.
By Jimmy Alvarado

the book is much like the band—both anarchic and deceptively structured, awash in color, often very funny and a helluva ride.


Forest of Fortune
By Jim Ruland, 288 pgs.
By Matthew Hart

It’s a novel that’s dark and hilarious, illuminating and uncomfortable, rich and page-turning, sweet and tragic, ethereal, painfully real, and unfailingly tragic. It’s possible to be lost within your own zip code. Because wherever you go, there you are. Whatever drugs you take, whatever job you have, whatever love you feel or receive, you still operate within the best and worst aspects of yourself.


Forbidden Activities for Neglected Children
By Skinner, 36 pgs.
By Ashley

This is not a coloring book I’d recommend for any children. Instead, I’d offer this up as a means of appeasing your disturbed and demented inner child that sets small fires in the dark corners of your mind.


Dead Kennedys: Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables: The Early Years
By Alex Ogg, 216 pgs.
By Jimmy Alvarado

Ogg doesn’t shy away from presenting often contradictory accounts of the band’s history up to their titular album.


Burning Britain: The History of UK Punk 1980—1984
By Ian Glasper 449 pgs.
By Steve Hart

Burning Britain is an excellent book for an overview of a hugely influential, prolific, and interesting punk rock scene. I’m amazed by how normal some of these bands are.


Aftermath of Forever, The
By Natalye Chiloress, 159 pgs.
By Ashley

Chiloress’s approach is intriguing: each chapter delineates a different man and each of the experiences with those men, in turn, begets its own playlist. The execution, however, missed the mark for me.


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