Cranked Up Really High: Genre Theory and Punk Rock

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Codex, 1995 - Music - 124 pages
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A lot of ink has been split on the subject of punk rock in recent years, most of it by arty-fatty trendies who want to make the music intellectually respectable. Cranked Up Really High is different. It isn't published by a university press and it gives short shrift to the idea that the roots of punk rock can be traced back to 'avant garde' art movements.

As well as discussing sixties garage rock and the British, American and Finnish punk scenes, Home devotes whole chapters to deconstructing Riot Grrl, Oil and the sorry saga of Nazi bonehead band Skrewdriver. This book champions the super-dumb sleazebag thud of The Ramones, The Stooges, The Vibrators, The Art Attacks, The Snivelling Shits, The Lurkers, The Queers, The Germs, The Child Molesters, The Ants and The Blaggers.

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User Review  - Stewart Home - Goodreads

The whole of this book is online. For the links to the various chapters go here: Read full review

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User Review  - Josh - Goodreads

In this book Stewart Home explores the bands not usually covered in books about the British Punk scene of the 70's. Namely Slaughter and the Dogs, Skrewdriver and Crisis (Douglas Pierce's first band). I barely remember reading this book, I guess that says it all. Read full review



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Stewart Home is an English artist, filmmaker, writer, pamphleteer, art historian, activist, and internationally-acclaimed author. Home's writings include Pure Manis (1989), Defiant Pose (1991), 69 Things To Do With A Dead Princess (2002), Tainted Love (2005) and Memphis Underground (2007). Between 2007 and 2010, Home was the commissioning editor of Semina, a series of acclaimed experimental novels from London art publisher Book Works, to which he contributed Blood Rites of the Bourgeoisie (2010). He was born and resides in London.

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