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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.

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.
Author(s): Celia C. Pérez

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.
Author(s): Vivien Goldman

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.
Author(s): ToMott, Rick Poynor

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.
Author(s): Mrs. Jeanise Marie Dumas

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.
Author(s): Phil Marcade , Debbie Harry, et al.

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.
Author(s): John Doe, Tom DeSavia

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.
Author(s): Celia C. Pérez

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 industryand he’s still going strong.
Author(s): Keith Morris, Jim Ruland

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.
Author(s): Joe Tamponi

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.
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 Library 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.

The Poetics of Noise from Dada to Punk

Author(s): John Melillo
ID: 2808294, Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic, Year: 2021, Size: 3 Mb, Format: pdf

Rebel Music In The Triumphant Empire: Punk Rock In The 1990s United States

Author(s): David Pearson
ID: 2896522, Publisher: Oxford University Press, Year: 2021, Size: 3 Mb, Format: pdf

Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution: An Oral History

Author(s): Liam Warfield, Walter Crasshole and Yony Leyser
ID: 3033952, Publisher: PM Press, Year: 2021, Size: 6 Mb, Format: pdf

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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