Encyclopedia of punk music and culture
Although its origins and definition are hotly debated among scholars and fans alike, punk rock music has an ever-evolving but always loyal fan base. The British punk movement is thought to have begun in the early 1970s with bands such as the Clash and the Sex Pistols, and the American punk movement in the mid-1970s with bands such as the Ramones, Patti Smith, and Television playing at CBGB's in New York City's Lower East Side. The punk subculture continues to evolve today, with new bands, fashions, politics and zines embodying the spirit of its founders while also influencing mainstream culture. This inclusive encyclopedia chronicles the history and development of punk, including sub-movements such as Hardcore, Post-punk, Queercore, and Emo, to provide readers with an extensive overview of the music, fashion, films, and philosophies behind it. Entries for musicians include a discography for those wanting to start, or develop, their music collections. Entries include: Advertising; Anarchy; David Bowie; CBGB's; The Clash; Movement; Drugs; Flyers; Gender and punk; Hardcore; London; The Ramones; Johnny Rotten; Malcom McLaren: The Sex Pistols; Sid Vicious; Straight Edge and Vivienne Westwood.
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To many music buffs, 2006 marks the 30th birthday of punk rock. Publishers are marking the event with a smattering of books, including these two reference titles, which could be the first such works on the genre. Londoner Spicer (editor,The Rough Guide to Rock, 2d ed.) dividesThe Rough Guide to Punk into three main sections: a time line (1965-85) of the movement, 250-plus A-to-Z entries (which make up the bulk of the book), and a brief "Punkology" media guide of further resources. At first, his young, loud, and snotty writing might seem too subjective, but one soon realizes that the amorphous nature of punk necessitates writing that conveys strong opinions alongside band lineups. Speaking of bands, all the usual suspects are here, from the Adverts and Blondie to the Sex Pistols and X-Ray Spex. Adding to the guide's appeal are the layout, visuals, and self-contained history. Perfect for the Hot Topic-haunting preteen, the crusty with the thinning mohawk, and all serious enthusiasts of the seedy underbelly of popular music.Encyclopedia of Punk Music and Culture is a somewhat more formal affair. Longtime punk fan, journalist, and academic Cogan (communication arts, Molloy Coll.) takes a highly catholic approach to what is and isn't punk, opting not to restrict the movement to a particular locale or time period. He tries to cover nearly every important band, taking in all manner of subgenres from hardcore to oi with an octopuslike reach. The book is structured like a typical A-to-Z encyclopedia; the entries (nearly 600) usually run a few paragraphs, and band entries include discographies. Unfortunately, this style of organization could pose a problem for punk neophytes, who may find themselves adrift in a sea of sound with no context and little supplementary information to help them navigate.Bottom Line These two books have different aims. Cogan'sEncyclopedia is one to consult briefly and keep coming back to, while Spicer'sRough Guide could be read from start to finish, leaving one with a well-rounded knowledge of punk music. It should be noted that theEncyclopedia contains too many spelling errors, unseemly for a reference book. That said, there are also a few mislabeled captions and factual mixups inThe Rough Guide. Still,The Rough Guide is the better of the two books and recommended for all libraries. TheEncyclopedia would be better for academic and larger public libraries.-Matthew Moyer, Jacksonville P.L., FL