From the Velvets to the Voidoids: The Birth of American Punk Rock

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Chicago Review Press, May 1, 2005 - Music - 432 pages
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Exhaustively researched and packed with unique insights, this history journeys from the punk scene's roots in the mid-1960s to the arrival of "new wave" in the early 1980s. With a cast that includes Patti Smith, Pere Ubu, Television, Blondie, the Ramones, the MC5, the Stooges, Talking Heads, and the Dead Boys, this account is the definitive story of early American punk rock. Extraordinarily balanced, it tells the story of the music's development largely through the artists' own words, while thoroughly analyzing and evaluating the music in a lucid and cogent manner. First published in 1993, this was the first book to tell the stories of these then-little-known bands; now, this edition has been updated with a new discography, including imports and bootlegs, and an afterword detailing the post-1970s history of these bands. Filled with insights from interviews with artists such as Lou Reed, Debbie Harry, David Byrne, Patti Smith, and Richard Hell, this book has long been considered one of the essential reads on rock rebellion.
 

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Contents

Copyright Page
are on Red
The UndergroundJukeboxes
Jesus Died for Somebodys Sins
The Cadillac Pulls Outofthe Graveyard
The Second Wave
Looking into theHeart of Darkness 20 Fuck Art Lets Rock 21 A PunkRocker Parade No Wave Goodbye 22 Instant Sires fromPrivate
Appendix 1 ACBGBs Chronology
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Clinton Heylin is the author of, among others, Bob Dylan: Behind the Shades Revisited, Bootleg: The Secret History of the Other Recording Industry, Can You Feel the Silence? Van Morrison: A New Biography, The Da Capo Book of Rock & Roll Writing, and Despite the System: Orson Welles Versus the Hollywood Studios.

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