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Cultural Dictionary of Punk : 1974-1982 - Nicholas Rombes

Cultural Dictionary of Punk

1974-1982

Paperback Published: 27th August 2009
ISBN: 9780826427793
Number Of Pages: 336

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Neither a dry-as-dust reference volume recycling the same dull facts nor a gushy, gossipy puff piece, A Cultural Dictionary of Punk: 1974-1982 is a bold book that examines punk as a movement that is best understood by placing it in its cultural field. It contains myriad critical-listening descriptions of the sounds of the time, but also places those sounds in the context of history. Drawing on hundreds of fanzines, magazines, and newspapers, the book is-in the spirit of punk-an obsessive, exhaustively researched, and sometimes deeply personal portrait of the many ways in which punk was an artistic, cultural, and political expression of defiance.


A Cultural Dictionary of Punk is organized around scores of distinct entries, on everything from Lester Bangs to The Slits, from Jimmy Carter to Minimalism, from 'Dot Dash' to Bad Brains. Both highly informative and thrillingly idiosyncratic, the book takes a fresh look at how the malaise of the 1970s offered fertile ground for punk-as well as the new wave, post-punk, and hardcore-to emerge as a rejection of the easy platitudes of the dying counter-culture. The organization is accessible and entertaining: short bursts of meaning, in tune with the beat of punk itself.

Rombes upends notions that the story of punk can be told in a chronological, linear fashion. Meant to be read straight through or opened up and experienced at random, A Cultural Dictionary of Punk covers not only many of the well-known, now-legendary punk bands, but the obscure, forgotten ones as well. Along the way, punk's secret codes are unraveled and a critical time in history is framed and exclaimed.

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Industry Reviews

"Any dictionary which includes entries on X Ray Spex Germ Free Adolescents alongside Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow just has to be worth a read. And it is. And you should. Read it that is." Total Music, January 2010.

400 Blows
Adolescents /Adverts
Against Method
Agnew, Spiro
'Alternative Ulster'
'Anarchy is Dead'
Angry Young Men
Art and Fear /'Art of Noise,'
Futurist manifesto
'Art Rock'
Ashbery, John
Ask the Dust
Avengers
Bad Brains
Bad Taste in 1974
Balm, Trixie A.
Bangs, Lester
'Biafra: 6,591 votes (3%)!!'
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Blank Generation
'Blank Generation'
'Beat Generation'
The Bloody Chamber
Boredom
Brando, Marlon
British National Front
Buffalo, New York
Callaghan, James: Prime Minister of Great Britain
Carter, Jimmy
Carter, Jimmy—and the new wave
Cassidy and Bangs in 1977
'Cindy'
Cities, decay and beauty of
Clash, the
Class
Cleveland, Ohio
Compact audio cassette
Cooper, Alice
Cox, Alex
C.P.O. Sharkey
'Punk Rock Sharkey'
Cramps: Live at Napa State Mental Hospital
Criticism, rock
Dancing
'Death of Punk'
Dead Boys
Demics, the
Destroy All Monsters
Dhalgren
Dickies
Dictators
Dils
Diodes
Dogs
'John Rock 'n Roll Sinclair'
John Sinclair
'Dot Dash'
Down-and-out during the punk era, the fun of being
East Village Eye
Eater
Ejectors
Electric eels
Entertainment!
'Experts Propose Study of 'Craze'âÇ£
Feelies
Fifties, nostalgia for
The Foreigner
'Frankie Teardrop'
'Full Speed Ahead'
Further Temptations
Generation X
Germs
Germ Free Adolescents
Gibson, William
Glass, Philip
'Going Underground'
Graham, Bill
Gravity's Rainbow
Great Jones Street
Gulcher
'Gunning for Sex Pistols'
The Gun Rubber
Hannah, Barry
'Happy Birthday, Stephanie'
Headlines, 1977
Helen Keller
Herman's Hermits
High-Rise
Hippies, Johnny Rotten comments about
'Horror Business'
Horses
'How Could I'
'I Got You Babe'
The Ice Age
Implied velocity
'I waste hours keeping my soul out of the cauldron'
I'm OK—You're OK
Jarmusch, Jim
Jim Basnight and the Moberlys
Jungle Rot
'Keep Yours Dreams'
Kentucky Fried Movie
'L.A. Punk'
Ladies and Gentlemen the Fabulous Stains
La Guardia, Fiorello Henry
Leon, Craig
Lowell, Robert
MTV
Mad Magazine, punk and
Marbles
Meltzer, Richard
'The Menace and Charm of Punk Rock'
Milk 'n' Cookies'
Minimalism
'Mistakism'
Mo-dettes
'the most absurd year in the history of rock 'n' roll'
'Neat, Neat, Neat'
Nervous Breakdown
Nervus Rex
'New Dark Ages'
'New Music, The'
The New Wave
New Wave Theatre
'New Way'
Nirvana
Nixon, Richard
Nobody's Heroes
Non Compos Mentis
No Policy
No Wave
Normals
Nostalgia
'Notes on the New American Cinema'
'not exactly what you would consider melodic'
Nuns
Oblique Strategies
Only Ones
'Ottawa Today'
Out of Vogue
Outsider, The
Pagans
'Paint it Black'
Para-Punk Cinema
Patti
Penetrators
Pere Ubu
Pettibon, Raymond
'Police State'
Punk, alternate meanings of
Punk, as 'honored'
'punk is inconceivable without the bleak failure of the Sixties'
Punk, its influence on something other than music or fashion
'Punk rock is a put on'
'Punk Rock: the arrogant underbelly of Sixties pop'
'Punk Rock Rises Again!!', Creem headline
'Punk Root'
'Question of Degree, A'
Radio On
'Radio Wunderbar'
Raincoats
Ramones [1974- ]
Ramone, Joey (and Joey Miserable and the Worms)
Ramones, the first album in ten tracks
Ramones, as 'trivial'
As 'great'
Ramones, first lines of songs on first three albums
Reagan, Ronald
'Read About Seymour'
Real Life
Rebel Without a Cause
'Receiving End'
Rent Act
Rimbaud, Arthur
Road Warrior, The
Rocket from the Tombs, four sentences about
Rocket from the Tombs, two songs by
Rockwell, John
Rombes, Kori Ann
Saints
Screamers
SCUM Manifesto
Second Extermination Nite
'See No Evil'
Self-referential, punk as
'Seventeen'
Shirkers
Shivvers
'short-lived fad, a'
'Singles reviewed
'Sister Ray'
Sixties, punk as a rejection of
Sixties, punk as an affirmation of
Six Million Dollar Man, The
Skunks
Sleepers
Slits
'Slouching Towards Bethlehem'
'So Cold'
Social threat of punk, the
'Something's happening'
'Sonic Reducer'
Sonic Youth
Speedies
Spheeris, Penelope
Spock, Benjamin
Starburn: The Story of Jenni Love
Static Disposal
Sterling, Linder
'still bewildered by the death-machine'
Stooges
'Strange'
Student Teachers
Suicide
Survival Research Laboratories (SRL)
Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA)
Target Video
Teen Idles
'That's Entertainment'
'The music is primal, mindless, without climaxes'
'The ongoing force of me'
Theoretical Girls
Theory, punk as a form of
'There are Only Three Rock Groups in America'
'There is nothing inherently wonderful about starkness'
'The World's a Mess; It's In My Kiss'
Troggs
Truth about punk, the
'TV Babies'
Undertones
Vast Majority
Vertigo
Vibrators
Vietnam War
Viletones
Vinyl
Wallace and Ladmo Show, the
Warhol, Andy
Weirdos
'When You're Young'
Whistle Punk
Who Killed Bambi?
'Why?'
'Write Down Your Number'
'Xerox Days'
Zeros
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ISBN: 9780826427793
ISBN-10: 0826427790
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 27th August 2009
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1