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Razorcake is proud to announce that the winner of the first annual Chris Pepus Prize

Christopher Gordon and his article, “One Punk’s Guide to Peace Corps Service.”

Julie A. Ferguson Photo Column – Ho Ho Let’s Go – Punks For Presents 2016

Ho Ho Let’s Go plays a Ramones cover set for the annual Richmond, VA charity event, Punks For Presents.

Damned, The—Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead: DVD

As punk bio docs go, this is one of the better ones out there, and it also serves as a great crash course on the Damned, their history, and their music.

Ted and Brenda: DVD

Gosh, this is rough. It’s a six-minute short film. I had trouble watching it since the filmmaker made the stylistic decision to drop a layer of corny fake film wear over everything, despite nothing in the plot that would merit such a choice.

As You Were, Vol. 5: This Job Sucks! Edited by Mitch Clem and Avi Ehrlich

The theme is “This job sucks!” and it’s amazing the variety of tales that can come out of what might seem like a simple phrase.

Bonnot Gang, The: The Story of the French Illegalists By Richard Parry

The Bonnot Gang was a group of illegalists best known as the first robbers to use a car as the main part of a getaway.

Let’s Go to Hell: Scattered Memories of the Butthole Surfers By James Burns

The book covers the early days of Texas punk rock, where weird was king, hitting the road on an endless tour that encompassed the ‘80s, somehow beating all odds by getting first on a major label, then having a Top 40 hit, then their fade away in light of label hi-jinks and lawsuits.

No Flash, Please! Underground Music in Toronto 1987-92 By Derek von Essen and Phil Saunders

It is clear through the photographs and stories in this book, that the punk rock scene in Toronto was a blast. So many photos of so many shows!

Perfect Mix Tape Segue #6 By Joe Biel

Joe Biel founded Microcosm, a press and distro that have been a hub of the zine scene since the early 2000s. Joe is now persona non grata in his community, because he was emotionally abusive to his wife and to some people involved with Microcosm. While trying to understand and become accountable for his behavior, Joe was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism. People with Asperger’s have difficulty with empathy, which makes it hard for them to have healthy personal relationships.

Please Destroy My Enemies By Michael Sweater

This collection of comics by tattoo and comic artist Michael Sweater has me catching hints of Gary Larson’s The Far Side subversive cute animal absurdism, Matt Groening’s Life in Hell bone-dry deadpan, and bits of Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes pre-adult philosophical inquiry.