I’m Not Sure How I Feel About This: A Punk Rock Coffee Table Book

It’s called Punk:  An Aesthetic.

On the positive side:


  • It’s a gorgeous collection of photographs and images.
  • It treats the aesthetics of punk with respect.
  • It documents an important era in counterculture.


On the negative side:


  • Punk was raw, ragged and dirty. Somehow, a coffee table book doesn’t seem right.
  • It tries to define punk, which is always a dangerous thing to do.


Still, I want a copy.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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