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Orgasms of History: 3000 Years of Spontaneous Insurrection
By Yves Fremian, Drawings by Valny, 248 pgs.
By Maddy

Unfortunately, Fremian seems intent on over-simplifying. He ignores a lot of negative aspects to the rebellions he writes about and calls a number of events and people ďanarchistĒ before the term was commonly used. Fremian does pick some interesting events and history. A novice might want to pick this up to get some ideas about historical events he or she might want to read more about.


Jumping the Line: the Adventures and Misadventures of an American Radical
by William Herrick, 279 pages.
By Megan Pants

On the whole, this is an extremely well-written and engaging book. What saves this from being solely a book about someone searching for his own beliefs in life is the stories that he has to tell along the way. Itís always interesting to see history as it only can been seen, through one personís eyes at a time.


Guinea Pig Zero
edited by Robert Helms, 245 pgs.
By Sean Carswell

On the whole, Guinea Pig Zero does go a long way to dispel the stereotypes about human research subjects. It gives insight into a world that I otherwise would know little about. And, though the various essays in this book tackle some pretty heavy subjects, the writers maintain a down-to-earth tone.


Get Your War On
by David Rees, about 11 pgs. of Voltron-themed comics, about 89 non.
By Megan Pants

The whole idea is inter-office commentary about the situation going on in Afghanistan, and American foreign policy in general. Not your cup of tea, you say? Too political? You like some funny with your cartoons? Here you go, bucko!


Critical Mass: Bicyclingís Defiant Celebration
Edited by Chris Carlson, 256 pgs.
By Guest Contributor

This is a good book, I dare say an important book. But it is not the book it could have been, nor the book I would have liked it to be. With any anarchist Ė or, to shy away from a loaded term Ė or hierarchical group or movement, those who organize, create, or edit something that attempts to showcase the group try not to do too much talking on behalf of anyone but themselves.


Connemara Moonshine,
by Mark Gibbons, 136 pgs.
By Sean Carswell

I started to read Connemara Moonshine with the sense that it better be fucking great or I was gonna stop reading after two poems. I read the whole book. Iíve read half of the poems two or three times.


Coloring Outside the Lines: A Punk Rock Memoir
by Aimee Cooper, 132 pgs.
By Todd Taylor

Itís not often that youíll come across a Los Angeles-based, eighteen-month-long slice of punk rock life, circa Ď80-Ď81, that is exceedingly nice and a breeze to read. And I donít mean ďniceĒ in a bad way.


Blondie, From Punk to the Present: A Pictorial History
Compiled by Allan Metz, 512 pages
By Designated Dale

Itís not so much a bibliography, but more an extensive collection of interviews, essays, and selected Deborah-related reminiscences from music artists (being of their own bands or the ones performing for years with Blondie).


Zinesterís Guide to NYC
By Ayun Halliday, 256 pgs.
By Andy Conway

This book serves as something of a punk rock Zagat guide, with listings for great places to eat, see shows, buy records, get drunk, and do other ďzinesterĒ activities through out New York City.


You Canít Win
By Jack Black, 279 pgs.
By Katie Dunne

Jack Blackís memoir, You Canít Win, is an exciting story of a life of crime in late 19th century America. But thereís something else in it, something beyond that. Itís deeply personal but not in an effusive, hyperbolic way.


Spiraling Pearls, The
By Jean Paul L. Garnier, 44 pgs.
By Steve Hart

The Spiraling Pearls is a collection of unpretentious free prose written by an author who seems to have taken his time to look within his own thoughts and at the world around him, and used his poems as a small recreation of his observations.


Scam: The First Four Issues
By Erick Lyle
By Matt Average

I do think Erick is a good writer when heís telling it like it is, but when he over-idealizes things, his writing suffers.


HŁsker DŁ: The Story of the Noise-Pop Pioneers Who Launched Modern Rock
By Andrew Earles, 287 pgs.
By Ty Stranglehold

There is so much more to the HŁsker DŁ story and Andrew Earles digs deep to get it. Right off the bat, I found that I really enjoyed his writing style. His approach to the band bio format is refreshing.


Double Nickels on the Dime
By Michael T. Fournier
By CT Terry

Fournierís book adds accessibility to a daunting chunk of music. It is a great help for the casual listener who wants a deeper understanding of this mysterious record and also acts as a useful companion for the established fan who wants to see one of the most important albums of the Ď80s in a new light.




Bride of the Reaper
By Charles Romalotti, 204 pgs.
By Andy Conway

This book also includes a literary cameo by the Dead Kennedys, something that not too many other horror novels out there can boast (pretty sure HP Lovecraft was more of a Black Flag guy).


Beautiful on the Outside, Rich on the Inside
By Hunter S. Douglas III, 300 pgs.
By Todd Taylor

As it stands, this book reinforces what I donít like about the internet itself: Itís barely edited, filled with repetition, and woefully lacking in much of what gives me joy and as a human beingÖ


alt.punk
By Lavinia Ludlow 202 pgs.
By Steve Hart

alt.punk is an extremely well-written and crafted book that is peppered with engaging dialogue.


Why Be Something That Youíre Not: Detroit Hardcore 1979Ė1985
By Tony Rettman, 240 pgs.
By Garrett Barnwell

After being slighted in the American Hardcore book and movie, Detroit hardcore is finally getting its due.


We Never Learn: The Gunk Punk Undergut, 1988-2001
By Eric Davidson, 351 pgs.
By Ty Stranglehold

I found myself more than excited at the prospect of reading more about some of my favorites like The Mummies, Devil Dogs, and the Candy Snatchers and I wasnít let down.


Sex, Sin, & Zen
By Brad Warner, 304 pgs.
By Aphid Peewit

Warner takes his zazen-pumped pythons to the task of grappling with the subjects of sex and sin, and does so displaying a matronly sensibleness ala Dr. Ruth Westheimer along with the pop-culture-soaked snarkiness of someone like Dan Savage.


Destroy All Movies!!!: The Complete Guide to Punks on Film
Edited by Zack Carlson & Bryan Connolly, 463 pgs.
By Billups Allen

More than just a guide to the best and the worst, the book distinguishes the performers and characterizations that inserted a bit of anarchy into cinema and embodies how fans perceived those films.


Destroy All Movies!!!: The Complete Guide to Punks on Film
Edited by Zack Carlson & Bryan Connolly, 463 pgs.
By Ty Stranglehold

The editors here have written up thousands of films. Thousands.


Cleft, The
By Dick Wegmans, 222 pgs., $7
By Steve Hart

The first time Iíve ever read a book about an asscrack.


Children of the Sun
By Max Schaefer, 391 pgs.
By Andy Conway

A riveting affair that, much like its main character, Nicky Crane, a closeted homosexual who was also a reputed neo-Nazi skinhead, succeeds at being two things at once.


Sister of the Road: The Autobiography of Boxcar Bertha
By Ben Reitman, 205 pgs.
By Todd Taylor

I wish everyone could read it. If it was taught in high school, I'd bet more people would be interested in history because many of issues that Bertha talks about haven't been played out, even today.


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