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Visual Vitriol: The Street Art and Subcultures of the Punk and Hardcore Generati
By David A. Ensminger, 334 pgs.
By Aphid Peewit

Author David Engsminger would probably be quick to point out that Visual Vitriol is neither a punk rock coffee table book nor a strictly analytical study intended for academicians.

Rad Dad: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Fatherhood
Edited by Tomas Moniz and Jeremy Adam Smith, 193 pgs.
By Andy Conway

Filled with writing that is at times sweet, provocative, and thought provoking, this book gives great insight into the many trials and tribulations facing todayís rad dad.

A Mix of Bricks & Valentines
By G. W. Sok, 381 pgs.
By kurt

At its core, however, this is what it is: a book of lyrics and poems by the lyricist for a punk band. Unless youíre a fan of G. W. Sok, The Ex, or musicians who write poems, the audience for this kind of thing is limited.

Primal Screamer, The
By Nick Blinko, 122 pgs.
By kurt

The Primal Screamer has been released previously, but in its latest version it comes with additional gothic artwork by the author, Nick Blinko, who you might also know as the frontman of the British punk band, Rudimentary Peni.

Now Then Gadgie
By Marv Gadgie, 149 pgs.
By Steve Larder

Iíve been vocal in the past about my admiration of Marvís writing in his zine, Gadgie. This book is a collection of anecdotes and autobiographical accounts of a life rich with mischief, a wry eye, and attention to detail.



The Nostalgia Echo
By Mickey Hess, 331 pgs.
By sean

The reader comes to feel for and even love the major characters in the book. Itís hard not to get swept up in their lives. Itís even harder to put the book down. In short, The Nostalgia Echo is one of the best new books Iíve read in the last few years. I canít recommend it highly enough.

Letters to Kurt
By Eric Erlandson, 159 pgs.
By kurt

It is interesting to see how a celebrity views certain issues and people, and it was also impressive to see Erlandsonís knowledge of popular culture and his political understanding. It made for more lively reading than most poetry Iíve come across. Yet Iím still hesitant to fully endorse the book.

By Kristian Williams, 63 pgs.
By kurt

The apex of Williamsís argument is that getting rid of the apparatuses that allow abuse and torture and working towards an anarchist system is what would solve this despicable practice. As I read Hurt, though, I just kept thinking about how Iíve read this kind of thing dozens of times before: America is evil, anarchy can solve these problems.

Homesweet Homegrown
By Robyn Jasko, 127 pgs.
By kurt

This is a good starter guide with basic, straightforward information in one compact, handy book. There are also illustrations throughout that keep it from being a dull read.

Hawaiíi: 1778-1959, From Western Discovery to Statehood
By J. Gerlach, 34 pgs.
By Steve Hart

The history of Hawaiíi is very difficult to document. I think the author did an admirable job, but there are huge omissions (like the petition against annexation in 1887 and the petition against statehood in 1954) that leave holes in the heart of the story that I wish were included.

Haroldís Horrible Life
By Billy McCall, 131 pgs.
By Andy Conway

I really enjoyed Haroldís Horrible Life. Itís a tale of seething hatred and murder.This is McCallís first novel and he brings a darkness and real feeling of unease to his writing. Iím eager to read what he writes next.

Virginia Mine Wars
By David Alan Corbin, 248 pgs.
By Steve Hart

Gun Thugs, Rednecks And Radicals surpasses all my expectations of what a book about striking miners could be about. I highly recommend it to anyone: history buffs, union radicals, or otherwise.

By Jim Miller, 197 pgs.
By Steve Hart

In newspapers today, unions are under attack, anti collective-bargaining rights bills have passed in Wisconsin, and right-wing governors in coordinated attacks on unions propose similar bills. Against this backdrop, reading Flash is extremely rewarding.

Congo, The: The Simple History Series #9
By J. Gerlach, 50 pgs.
By Steve Hart

The Congo is a difficult book, but could serve as an alternative or a supplement to history books in classrooms everywhere.

Book Review, Vulturesí Picnic by Greg Palast
Dutton Books, 404 pgs.
By Chris Pepus

Maybe the president and his financial backers figure that Gulf residents crave variety in their energy-related catastrophes.

Violence Girl: East L.A. Rage to Hollywood Stage: A Chicana Punk Story
By Alice Bag
By todd

Itís a memoir of a bad-assed punk lady who isnít an unholy fuckface whining for deferred glory and overdue royalties.

Vicious Red Relic, Love, The
By Anna Joy Springer, 199 pgs.
By Steve Hart

The Vicious Red Relic, Love, explores sexuality and feminism. It tackles the terribleness of molestation and death, and is probably the most punk rock thing Iíve ever read in my entire life.

Ua Mau Ke Ea: Sovereignty Endures: An Overview of the Political and Legal Histor
By David Keanu Sai, 156 pgs.
By Steve Hart

This could be included in classroom situations to discuss the historical events that led to the so-called overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom.

Spray Paint the Walls
By Stevie Chick, 403 pgs.
By kurt

It follows a chronological history of the band. Each of the chapters takes the title of a Black Flag song and starts with a quote from one of the members of Black Flag or someone associated with them.

Rad Dad: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Fatherhood
Edited by Tomas Moniz and Jeremy Adam Smith, 193 pgs.
By kurt

Edited by the author of the zine, Rad Dad, and the blogger of ďDaddy Dialectic,Ē these pieces (whose contributors include a wide array of men) delve into the idea of how to raise your child with a counter-cultural viewpoint.

Rad Dad: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Fatherhood
Edited by Tomas Moniz and Jeremy Adam Smith, 193 pgs.
By Steve Hart

The coolest aspect of reading Rad Dad is knowing that Iím not the only one who wants to raise children in a safe environment and continue to retain our ďradness.Ē

Encyclopedia of Doris, The
By Cindy Crabb, 322 pgs.
By Steve Hart

If you like well-written zines that cover all sorts of topics, from anarchy to sex, fishing to social ecology, or high school to quitting drinking, this oneís for you.

Austerity Pleasures
By James Payne
By Craven

Overall, I didnít get it, but it was still pretty good for poetry. Iím just not the audience for this stuff.

White Riot: Punk Rock and the Politics of Race
By Maxwell Tremblay and Stephen Duncombe, 368 pgs.
By CT Terry

350 pages of interview excerpts, fanzine articles, and academic essays that wonít give you answers so much as give you the power to ask, and consider, even more.

Taking Punk to the Masses: From Nowhere to Nevermind
By Jacob McMurray, 233 pgs, with DVD
By Andy Conway

I got a small taste of something everyone is going to have to come face to face with as they get olderórealizing that something that you can still remember like it was yesterday actually took place twenty fucking years ago.

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