From the velvets to the voidoids: a pre-punk history for a post-punk world

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Penguin Books, May 26, 1993 - Music - 384 pages
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From the Velvets to the Voidoids explores the origins and evolution of the fiery phase of rock and roll history known as punk and New Wave. Journey through the life of this intense and influential musical movement, from the punk scene's New York roots in the mid-1960s with The Velvet Underground, through the 1970s and groups like the Voidoids, and ultimately to such bands as the Talking Heads. Heylin upends notions that this new music evolved in Britain, establishing authoritatively that its roots were distinctly American: only later would the music develop into its more popular English incarnation. Book jacket.

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Review: From the Velvets to the Voidoids: A Pre-Punk History for a Post-Punk World

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Was a good book. Mostly about the NY punk scene and CBGBs. I was surprised that so much was written about Cleveland. Other cities had big music scenes. The next book should be about Boston - huge scene that I know well, with the Rat, along with Los Angeles, Francisco and maybe Athens GA. Read full review

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User Review  - Malcolm - Goodreads

Good history of an interesting musical era. I like that he included the Cleveland bands along with the NYC/CBGB's and Max's crowd. Gave me a better understanding of Richard Hell's contributions to the scene than any other history I've read. Well done. Read full review


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Clinton Heylin is recognized as the world's leading Bob Dylan scholar, as well as an authority on folk music and popular music in general. He is also known for his acclaimed studies of American punk "(From the Velvets to the Voidoids);" rock bootlegging "(Bootleg!)--Record Collector's" book of the year in 1994; and Dylan's studio recordings "(Dylan: The Recording Sessions), " nominated for the Ralph J. Gleason Award in 1996. He edited "The Penguin Book of Rock and Roll Writing" and is the general editor of Schirmer's Classic Rock Albums series. A native of Manchester, he now makes his home in Somerset, England.