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Best Punk Books: The Ultimate List

Our list of some of the best Punk books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

1. Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk (2016)

Best Punk Books: The Ultimate ListA contemporary classic, Please Kill Me is the definitive oral history of the most nihilistic of all pop movements. Iggy Pop, Richard Hell, the Ramones, and scores of other punk figures lend their voices to this decisive account of that explosive era. This 20th anniversary edition features new photos and an afterword by the authors. #19,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #25 in Music History & Criticism (Books) #46 in Rock Music (Books) #5 in Punk Music (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Legs McNeil, Gillian McCain

2. The First Rule of Punk (2018)

Best Punk Books: The Ultimate ListThe First Rule of Punk is a wry and heartfelt exploration of friendship, finding your place, and learning to rock out like no one’s watching. There are no shortcuts to surviving your first day at a new school—you can’t fix it with duct tape like you would your Chuck Taylors. On Day One, twelve-year-old Malú (María Luisa, if you want to annoy her) inadvertently upsets Posada Middle School’s queen bee, violates the school’s dress code with her punk rock look, and disappoints her college-professor mom in the process. Her dad,…
Author(s): Celia C. Pérez

3. Revenge of the She-Punks: A Feminist Music History from Poly Styrene to Pussy Riot (2019)

Best Punk Books: The Ultimate ListAs an industry insider and pioneering post-punk musician, Vivien Goldman’s perspective on music journalism is unusually well-rounded. In Revenge of the She-Punks, she probes four themes—identity, money, love, and protest—to explore what makes punk such a liberating art form for women.With her visceral style, Goldman blends interviews, history, and her personal experience as one of Britain’s first female music writers in a book that reads like a vivid documentary of a genre defined by dismantling boundaries. A discussion of the Patti Smith…
Author(s): Vivien Goldman

4. Oh So Pretty: Punk in Print 1976-1980 (2016)

Best Punk Books: The Ultimate ListA compelling visual portrait of a time, place, and subculture that raised a middle finger to modern societyOh So Pretty: Punk in Print 1976-80 is an unrivalled collection of visually striking ephemera from Britain’s punk subculture. It presents 500 artefacts – ‘zines,’ gig posters, flyers, and badges – from well-known and obscure musical acts, designers, venues, and related political groups. While punk was first and foremost a music phenomenon, it reflected a DIY spirit and instantly recognizable aesthetic that was as raw and strident and irrepressible as the music. As disposable…
Author(s): ToMott, Rick Poynor

5. No Punks Allowed In Holy Matrimony: MARRIAGE ISN’T FOR THE FAINT OF HEART (2019)

Best Punk Books: The Ultimate ListMARRIAGE FOR SOME IS LIKE THAT DREAM TO BECOME AN NBA PLAYER OR GETTING THAT DEGREE THAT YOU HAVE ALWAYS DREAMED OF AND BECOMING THE CEO, OR LIKE HITTING THE MEGA MILLIONAIRE JACKPOT. ITS LIKE THE ULTIMATE PRIZE IN LIFE THAT SO MANY DESIRE TO WIN IN HOPES OF LIVING THEIR HAPPILY EVER AFTER BUT VERY FEW KNOW WHAT IT TAKES TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS IN MARRIAGE. THE PROBLEM WITH THIS THINKING IS THAT, WE CREATE UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS AND BECOME FOOLED INTO THINKING THAT MARRIAGE IS A MARATHON AND ONCE YOU SAY, “I DO” THEN YOU HAVE WON THE RACE. THIS IS THE FURTHEST FROM THE…
Author(s): Mrs. Jeanise Marie Dumas

6. Punk Avenue: Inside the New York City Underground, 1972-1982 (2017)

Best Punk Books: The Ultimate Listis an intimate look at author Paris-born Phil Marcade’s first ten years in the United States where drifted from Boston to the West Coast and back, before winding up in New York City and becoming immersed in the early punk rock scene. From backrooms of Max’s and CBGB’s to the Tropicana Hotel in Los Angeles and back, is a tour de force of stories from someone at the heart of the era. With brilliant, often hilarious prose, Marcade relays first-hand tales about spending a Provincetown summer with photographer Nan Goldin and actor-writer Cookie Mueller, having the Ramones play their very…
Author(s): Phil Marcade , Debbie Harry, et al.

7. Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk (2017)

Best Punk Books: The Ultimate ListUnder the Big Black Sun explores the nascent Los Angeles punk rock movement and its evolution to hardcore punk as it’s never been told before. John Doe of the legendary band X and co-author Tom DeSavia have woven together an enthralling story of the legendary West Coast scene from 1977-1982 by enlisting the voices of people who were there. The book shares chapter-length tales from the authors along with personal essays from famous (and infamous) players in the scene. Through interstitial commentary, John Doe “narrates” this journey through the land…
Author(s): John Doe, Tom DeSavia

8. La primera regla del punk (Spanish Edition) (2019)

Best Punk Books: The Ultimate ListNo hay atajos para navegar el primer día de clases en una nueva escuela – no se arregla con cinta gafer como lo harías con tu par de tenis Chuck Taylor. La adolecente Malú, (María Luisa, si quieres irritarla), logra molestar a la chica mandamás de Posada Middle School, romper el código de vestimenta con su vestido punk rock, y decepcionar a su madre, quien es profesora universitaria. Y todo esto en su primer día de escuela intermedia. Su padre, quien ahora vive a miles de millas de distancia, le dice que las cosas mejorarán siempre y cuando nunca…
Author(s): Celia C. Pérez

9. My Damage: The Story of a Punk Rock Survivor (2017)

Best Punk Books: The Ultimate ListKeith Morris is a true punk icon. Over the course of his forty-year career with Black Flag, the Circle Jerks, and OFF!, he’s battled diabetes, drug and alcohol addiction, and the record industry…and he’s still going strong. More than a book about the highs and lows of a punk rock legend, My Damage is a story from the perspective of someone who has shared the stage with just about every major figure in the music industry and has appeared in cult films like The Decline of Western Civilization and Repo Man. A true Hollywood tale from an L.A. native, My Damage reveals the story of…
Author(s): Keith Morris, Jim Ruland

10. Antisocial Garbage: The dirtiest, bad drawn anti-social doodle book (2019)

Best Punk Books: The Ultimate ListAntisocial Garbage is a coloring book for adults that includes 40 doodle pages, and is going to provide you some laughs and hours of stress relief. At the beginning of the book there is a little playlist section with some music advices, to guide you into the overall mood of doodle collection. If you’re looking for some cool mandalas, this is not your choice. Crazy faces, puke, guns, drugs, palm trees, money, chains, cool kitties, burps, punk music, bombs, nachos, flying saucers, this is what is all about. It’s a sketchy black and white portrait of a…
Author(s): Joe Tamponi

11. Punk Farm (Punk Farm Books) (2010)

Best Punk Books: The Ultimate ListAfter a long day of work, Farmer Joe goes home to bed. But meanwhile, back at the barn . . .Cow sets up her drums.Pig plugs in his amp.Goat tunes his bass.Chicken sets up her keyboards.And Sheep checks the microphone.They are Punk Farm and tonight they’re ready to ROCK! With adorable farm animals – and a surprise tribute to Old MacDonald – this rollicking tale is sure to have kids cheering–and singing–along. #348,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #10290 in Children’s Humor #720 in Children’s Performing Arts Fiction #806 in Children’s Farm…
Author(s): Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Best Punk Books: The Ultimate List

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some punk books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Capitals of Punk: DC, Paris, and Circulation in the Urban Underground

Author(s): Tyler Sonnichsen
Publisher: Springer Singapore; Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2411199

Punk Culture in Contemporary China

Author(s): Jian Xiao
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2245995

Punk Culture in Contemporary China.

Author(s): Jian Xiao
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2018, Size: 706 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2246852

The Punk Turn in Comedy

Author(s): Krista Bonello Rutter Giappone
Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2018, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2250138

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are really hot items according to Chicago Tribune, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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