Vibrant and volatile, the punk scene left an extraordinary legacy of music and cultural change, and this work talks to those who cultivated the movement, weaving together their accounts to create a raw and unprecedented oral history of punk in the United Kingdom. From The Clash, Crass, Henry Rollins, and John Lydon to the Sex Pistols, the Stranglers, and the Buzzcocks, this reference features more than 150 interviews that encapsulate the most thrilling wave of rock and roll pop culture ever seen. Ranging from its widely debated roots in the late 1960s to its enduring influence on modern bands, fashion, and culture, this history brings to life the energy and anarchy as no other book has done.
‘John Robb is as punk as the Clash.’
- Alan McGee
‘Its unique brand of energy helps make it a riot all its own’
- Harp Magazine
John Robb is the founder of the 1970s punk rock band the Membranes and is a current member of the group Goldblade. He is the author of "Death to Trad Rock," "The North Will Rises Again: Manchester Music City 1976-1996," and "The Stone Roses." He lives in Manchester, England. Lars Fredriksen is a member of the punk rock band Rancid. He lives in Oakland, California.