Babylon's Burning: From Punk to Grunge

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Viking, 2007 - Grunge mic - 694 pages
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In this enthralling history of punk and grunge, Clinton Heylin describes how the word 'punk' was coined by revered rock journalist Lester Bangs, and how the movement itself took hold in England with the Sex Pistols in the fore, closely followed by the Clash. Though it relates the movement to other political and social trends, this is essentially a history of music - showing the enourmous musical influence of the Pistols as they carried a raft of other bands from all over the UK in their wake.

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Heylin goes for the gusto in this expansion of his seminal New York punk roundup,From the Velvets to the Voidoids . Beginning with the death throes of the Stooges (and the myriad young rogues rising ... Read full review


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Clinton Heylin's biography of Bob Dylan (Behind the Shades) is now in its second edition and has been in print in Penguin for fifteen years. His history of early American punk, From the Velvets to the Voidoids, was shortlisted for the prestigious Ralph Eleason award in the States, and has just been reissued. Brought up in Manchester where as a teenager he saw many of the bands covered here. He now lives in Somerset.

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