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Dance of Days: Two Decades of Punk in the Nation’s Capitol
Mark Anderson and Mark Jenkins, paperback, 414 pgs.
By Jimmy Alvarado

For the bulk of their entire existence, I have hated Fugazi with an intensity heretofore saved only for the likes of the Bee Gees, John Denver and the Backstreet Boys. After reading Anderson’s spirited descriptions of their shows, I borrowed 13 Songs from Todd’n’Sean.

An American Addiction: Drugs, Guerillas, Counterinsurgency
Noam Chomsky, audio book
By Sean Carswell

Noam Chomsky is one guy who seems to be on top of this Pop-A-Mole machine. He seems to know exactly when and where the next head is going to pop up.

American Hardcore: A Tribal History
Steven Blush, paperback, 333 pgs.
By Sean Carswell

There’s a lot more wrong with American Hardcore, but I’m gonna stop my rant before I pop a vein in my forehead or something. I just want to say that there is good information in this book.

Angry Young Spaceman
Jim Munroe, paperback, 244pgs.
By Sean Carswell

I’m not really a fan of sci-fi, per se, but authors like Ursula K. LeGuin, Ray Bradbury, and Jim Munroe have a way of making far off worlds relevant to my own. It makes for a good read, regardless of the genre.

Snapping Lines
Jack Lopes, paperback, 133
By Sean Carswell

I know this isn’t exactly the kind of thing that most Razorcake readers would check out, but it did come out this year and it was published by an independent (well, sort of) press and I couldn’t resist passing on the recommendation.

Phil Irwin, paperback, 334 pages
By Sean Carswell

It’s an admirable effort and a pretty cool first book for both Irwin and Steel Cage Books.  I recommend checking out The Whiskey Rebel’s column, and if you like it, check out this book.

by Paul Argyropoulos, Published by Phil Carpenter, 8 1/2” X 11” softcover, 128 p
By Designated Dale

I had no idea how many series of these stickers were actually produced until I started looking at the full color pictures of all the actual stickers themselves here... that’s right, every single one of them, baby.

The War Against Oblivion: The Zapatista Chronicles
by John Ross, paperback, 350 pgs.
By Sean Carswell

John Ross basically sounds like your favorite political science professor after he's had a few beers and decided not to hold his tongue.

Women of the Underground: Music
By Zora von Burden, 263 pgs.
By Guest Contributor

An ambitious collection of interviews with whom the publisher refers to as “radical women musicians,” which isn’t too off the mark.

Touch and Go: The Complete Hardcore Punk Zine '79-'83
By Tesco Vee and Dave Stimson, Edited by Steve Miller, 546 pgs.
By Jimmy Alvarado

Indispensible as a look into a too brief period of time when the monolithic rock world was handed its own ass by a bunch of mostly teenaged amateurs armed with shitty musical instruments and battered typewriters.

Scream Queen’s Survival Guide, The
by Meredith O’Hayre, 212 pgs.
By Billups Allen

If everyone in horror films sat with their backs to the wall holding shotguns, they would survive. Who would pay eleven dollars to see that?

My Best Friend Is a Wookiee
By Tony Pacitti, 234 pgs.
By Kurt Morris

What’s the point in writing a memoir when your life hasn’t even reached thirty years of age?

Henry & Glenn Forever
By Igloo Tornado, 64 pgs.
By aphid

Both men are shown exposing a vulnerable side not befitting their respective reps as bad asses with big necks.

Gimme Something Better: The Profound, Progressive and Occasionally Pointless His
By Jack Boulware & Silke Tudor
By Matt Average

It’s about time someone did this for one of the most influential scenes in the history of punk rock. Makes me miss the place that much more.

Things Are Meaningless
Al Burian, perfect bound comic, over 100 un-numbered pgs.
By Todd Taylor

If you get wet reading the Utne Reader, or think that The Shipping News was riveting, Al’s right up your alley.

Sex & Guts #4
Edited by Gene Gregorits and Lydia Lunch, $20, 280 pages
By Jimmy Alvarado

Every time I put Sex & Guts down, I found myself picking it up again and getting sucked into conversations about what Chris D., Johnette Napolitano or Jim Foetus were doing these days.

Zine Yearbook, The: Volume 7
Edited by Jen Angel and Jason Kucsma, $14, 164 pgs.
By Josh

Wow, it looks like I can write short book reviews.

Saving Private Power, The Hidden History of “The Good War”
By Michael Zezima, $20 (hardbound), 214 pgs.
By Todd Taylor

But, WWII was a war of democracy vs. fascism, right? That’s good, right?

Guy Debord: Complete Cinematic Works
Translated and edited by Ken Knabb
By Speedway Randy

Any present day anarchist and DIY-er will obviously be into this book – so will anyone simply tired of being gagged by shitty Hollywood movies, TV politicians, and backyard billboards.

Dance of Days: Two Decades of Punk in the Nation’s Capital
by Mark Andersen & Mark Jenkins, 446 pgs.
By aphid

And it is chock full of information in much the same way that bran cereal is full of dietary fiber.

War Is a Racket
By General Smedley Butler, 80 pgs.
By Sean Carswell

The original book and this essay give a very interesting perspective on the nature of war, the real purposes behind it, and the way insecurities are nurtured in order to allow more wars for big business.

For Weeks Above the Umbrella
By Todd Dills, 76 pgs.
By Sean Carswell

This sucker is worth the seven bucks for the “Week of Grits” and “Week of Hanks” stories alone.

Enemy’s Within, The
By Jimmy Reject, 120 pgs.
By Josh

Jimmy Reject seems like the kind of guy who you could talk to at a party for a few minutes and then phase out when his stories start to get worse.

Emerging Framework of World Power, The
By Noam Chomsky, audio CD
By Maddy

 Chomsky’s role – and it is an important one – is to do the extensive research necessary to tackle these constraints, sift through the garbage, and let us (who are too busy working, raising families, worrying about bills or just booking the latest punk tour) know what’s going on.

Touch and Go: The Complete Hardcore Punk Zine ‘79-’83
By Tesco Vee and Dave Stimson, Edited by Steve Miller, 546 pgs.
By Guest Contributor

This book is highly recommended for anyone interested in the late ‘70s-early ‘80s Midwest punk and hardcore scenes, as well as general zine lovers.

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