Do you enjoy reading all about punk? Here are five books with high ratings.
An oral history of punk, Please Kill Me begins with the electroshock therapy that Lou Reed received in his teens and through the untimely deaths of icons like Sid Vicious, Johnny Thunders, and Nico. This book emphasizes the self-destructive side to the movement.
From DOA to Teenage Head and all the lesser-known acts in between, Perfect Youth tells the story of Canadian punk. It covers all regions of the country from Victoria to St. John’s.
Focusing on the late 70s and early 80s, We Got the Neutron Bomb focuses on the Los Angeles punk scene. The book includes interviews and anecdotes from musicians, groupies, zine writers, and others involved in the scene.
Learn about DOA right from the founder Joe Keithley, aka Joey Shithead. This book is an autobiography about his experience in the punk scene.
Turcotte’s book looks at the lasting impact of punk on visual culture. It also includes interviews from major players in the early punk movement that helped shape its image.
If you have a favourite book about punk that you recommend, let me know in the comments!