Book Reviews

Punk Diary: The Ultimate Trainspotter’s Guide to Underground Rock, 1970-1982: By George Gimarc, 744 pages By Josh

if you’re looking an encyclopedia of underground music from the ‘70s and ‘80s, you might want to go with The Trouser Press Record Guide, but if you’re a huge trivia buff and you’d like to know what day of the week Nick Lowe quit Brinsley Schwartz or when the Newtown Neurotics released their first single, then you should look into this.

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Notes On Johnny Nihil: by Jimmy Reject, 240 pgs. By Keith

Well, I owe the author an apology. Because I honestly didn’t finish this book. I just couldn’t make it all the way through. It just got to be too much.

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Manchild: A Celebration of Twenty Years of Doodles: by Brian Walsby, 120 pgs By Jimmy

True to punk form, Brian still calls ’em as he sees ’em and, in an era when some version of punk can be bought in the very malls that used to kick us out and bands actually get hurt feelings when you hurl abuse at them, people like him are needed to remind us that to be “punk” is to challenge the status quo, to skewer all sacred cows, and most importantly, to perpetually be the fly in society’s ointment.

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Lost in the Supermarket: by Chaz Matthews, 100 pgs. By Keith

His anecdotes about his coworkers were the bright spot throughout the book: they came across as crazed, nonsensical, obscene, and vile, and shit like that always makes for good reading.

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East Van: by Chris Walter, 268 pgs. By Ty

I guess it’s no surprise that Chris Walter is quickly becoming Canada’s most prolific underground author.

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Blister Packs, a Love Bunni Press Collection: Edited by R.John Xerxes Piché, 154 pgs. By Todd Taylor

DIY book collections are the literary equivalent to a mix tape. Kinda.

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Soon the Rest Will Fall: By Peter Plate, 169 pgs. By Joe

This is a story of two cellmates who have fallen in love, and happen to both be getting paroled at nearly the exact same time, just before Christmas.

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So This Is Readin?: By Tripp Underwood, 6x audio CD By Mrz

The premise? The bassist, Tripp, wrote a book about his experiences in The Unseen.

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Small Town Punk: By John Sheppard, 184 pgs. By Joe

It’s about being a teenage punk in some middle of nowhere suburb.

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Nina: By Blag Dahlia, 111 pgs. By Aphid

Her guiltless, guileful nihilism affords her the ability to fuck people while simultaneously totally fucking them over.

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CBGB: Decades of Graffiti: By Christopher D. Salyers and John Putnam, 64 pgs. By Dale

It’s not a historical book in the literal sense, telling the tale of the place in chronological order, but more of a photographic collection of how the club ended up looking on the inside after weathering thirty-plus years of rock and roll.

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Skate and Destroy: The First Twenty-Five Years of Thrasher Magazine: Edited by Jake Phelps, 288 pgs. By Ty

If you rode a skateboard in the 1980s, then you read Thrasher magazine. It’s as simple as that.

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