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Best Punk Rock Books You Must Read

Our list of some of the best Punk Rock 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 Rock Books You Must ReadA 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. Punk Avenue: Inside the New York City Underground, 1972-1982 (2017)

 Best Punk Rock Books You Must Readis 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…
Author(s): Phil Marcade , Debbie Harry, et al.

3. The Punk Rock Fun Time Activity Book (2009)

 Best Punk Rock Books You Must ReadA fast-paced send up of punk rock’s best bands from the past and present, this fun-filled activity book allows readers to apply Siouxsie Sioux’s makeup, draw Henry Rollins’ tattoos, color the members of Green Day, and complete word searches. #558,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #796 in Parody #737 in Popular #229 in Punk Music (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Aye Jay, Steven Blush

4. Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies and the Truth About Reality (2015)

 Best Punk Rock Books You Must ReadZen, plain and simple, with no BS.  This is not your typical Zen book. Brad Warner, a young punk who grew up to be a Zen master, spares no one. This bold new approach to the "Why?" of Zen Buddhism is as strongly grounded in the tradition of Zen as it is utterly revolutionary. Warner's voice is hilarious, and he calls on the wisdom of everyone from punk and pop culture icons to the Buddha himself to make sure his points come through loud and clear. As it prods readers to question everything, Hardcore Zen is both an approach and a departure, leaving behind the soft and lyrical for the gritty and stark perspective of a new…
Author(s): Brad Warner

5. Punk Crisis: The Global Punk Rock Revolution (2018)

 Best Punk Rock Books You Must ReadIn March 1977, John “Johnny Rotten” Lydon of the punk band the Sex Pistols looked over the Berlin wall onto the grey, militarized landscape of East Berlin, which reminded him of home in London. Lydon went up to the wall and extended his middle finger. He didn’t know it at the time, but the Sex Pistols’ reputation had preceded his gesture, as young people in the “Second World” busily appropriated news reports on degenerate Western culture as punk instruction manuals. Soon after, burgeoning Polish punk impresario Henryk Gajewski brought the London punk band the…
Author(s): Raymond A. Patton

6. Safety In Numbers: My Journey with L.A. Punk Rock Gangs 1982-1992 (2016)

 Best Punk Rock Books You Must Read“A great story of a lost world. Having seen that world disappear in recent years, it was quite a treat to go on this journey. One of a time and place long gone, but not forgotten. Long before the Disneyfication of modern day Hollywood, it was a run down and left behind wasteland, dangerous, lively, unbounded and free. Where the disenfranchised outcasts, rejected children of the dysfunctional working class, came to find their place, their peace of mind. Roving the tattered shadows and crooked sidewalks of the boulevard, drinking, raising Hell for Hell’s sake, looking for action,…
Author(s): Adam Wilson

7. Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout (2017)

 Best Punk Rock Books You Must ReadIt began in a bedroom in Naples, Florida, when a misbehaving punk teenager named Tom Gabel, armed with nothing but an acoustic guitar and a headful of anarchist politics, landed on a riff. Gabel formed Against Me! and rocketed the band from its scrappy beginnings-banging on a drum kit made of pickle buckets-to a major-label powerhouse that critics have called this generation’s The Clash. Since its inception in 1997, Against Me! has been one of punk’s most influential modern bands, but also one of its most divisive. With every notch the four-piece climbed in their career, they gained new fans while infuriating their old ones. They suffered…
Author(s): Laura Jane Grace, Dan Ozzi

8. Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone (2016)

 Best Punk Rock Books You Must ReadThe “entertaining and enlightening” (Stephen King) final word on the genius and mischief of the Ramones, told by the man who created the beat behind their iconic music and lived to tell about it.When punk rock reared its spiky head in the early seventies, Marc Bell had the best seat in the house. Already a young veteran of the prototype American metal band Dust, Bell took residence in artistic, seedy Lower Manhattan, where he played drums in bands that would shape rock music for decades to come, including Wayne County, who pioneered transsexual rock, and Richard Hell and the…
Author(s): Marky Ramone, Richard Herschlag

9. Punk Rock: An Oral History (2012)

 Best Punk Rock Books You Must ReadVibrant 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…
Author(s): John Robb, Lars Fredriksen

10. Punk Rock Jesus (2013)

 Best Punk Rock Books You Must ReadA New York Times Bestseller!A reality TV show starring a clone of Jesus Christ causes chaos across the U.S. of the near future in PUNK ROCK JESUS, a new graphic novel written and drawn by Sean Murphy, the acclaimed illustrator of JOE THE BARBARIAN and AMERICAN VAMPIRE.J2 causes both outrage and adulation. Religious zealots either love or hate the show, angry politicians worry about its influence on the nation, and members of the scientific community fear the implications of cloning a human being at all, let alone the Son of God.Thomas McKael is the clones’s bodyguard and former IRA operative, who despite…
Author(s): Sean Murphy

11. Punk Rock Dad: No Rules, Just Real Life (2008)

 Best Punk Rock Books You Must ReadJim Lindberg is a Punk Rock Dad. When he drives his kids to school in the morning, they listen to the Ramones, the Clash, or the Descendents and that’s it. He goes to all the soccer games, dance rehearsals, and piano recitals, but when he feels the need, he goes into the slam pit at punk shows and comes home bruised and beaten—somehow feeling strangely better. While the other dads dye their hair brown to cover the gray, Jim occasionally dyes his blue or green. He pays his taxes, serves jury duty, votes in all major elections, and…
Author(s): Jim Lindberg

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

 Best Punk Rock Books You Must ReadA 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 as…
Author(s): ToMott, Rick Poynor

13. Punk Rock Is Cool for the End of the World: Poems and Notebooks of Ed Smith (2019)

 Best Punk Rock Books You Must ReadIn Punk Rock Is Cool for the End of the World, David Trinidad brings together a comprehensive selection of Ed Smith’s work: his published books; unpublished poems; excerpts from his extensive notebooks; photos and ephemera; and his timely “cry for civilization,” “Return to Lesbos”: put down that gun / stop electing Presidents. Ed Smith blazed onto the Los Angeles poetry scene in the early 1980s from out of the hardcore punk scene. The charismatic, nerdy young man hit home with his funny/scary off-the-cuff-sounding poems, like “Fishing”: This is a good line. / This is a bad line….
Author(s): Ed Smith, David Trinidad

14. NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories (2016)

 Best Punk Rock Books You Must ReadNOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories is the first tell-all autobiography from one of the world’s most influential and controversial punk bands. Fans and non-fans alike will be shocked by the stories of murder, suicide, addiction, counterfeiting, riots, bondage, terminal illness, the Yakuza, and drinking pee. Told from the perspective of each of the band’s members, this book looks back at more than thirty years of comedy, tragedy, and completely inexplicable success. #38,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #112 in Rock Band Biographies #10…
Author(s): NOFX, Jeff Alulis

15. Punk Rock (Modern Plays) (2010)

 Best Punk Rock Books You Must Read‘Everything human beings do finishes up bad in the end. Everything good human beings ever make is built on something monstrous. Nothing lasts. We certainly won’t…’Based on his experience as a teacher, Stephens describes his play as ‘The History Boys on crack’. It explores the underlying tensions and potential violence in a group of affluent, articulate seventeen year old students. Contemporary and unnerving, with elements of The Catcher in the Rye, Punk Rock follows the story of seven sixth-formers as they face up to the pressures of teenage life, while…
Author(s): Simon Stephens

Best Punk Rock Books You Must Read

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 rock 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.

Hardcore anxiety: a graphic guide to punk rock and mental health

Author(s): Chancellor, Reid
Publisher: Microcosm Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 53 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2579954

Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Author(s): Tim Mohr
Publisher: Algonquin Books, Year: 2018, Size: 5 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2281154

Punk Crisis: The Global Punk Rock Revolution

Author(s): Raymond A Patton
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA, Year: 2018, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2285641

Downtown Pop Underground: New York City and the literary punks, renegade artists, DIY filmmakers, mad playwrights, and rock ’n’ roll glitter queens who revolutionized culture

Author(s): Kembrew McLeod
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Year: 2018, Size: 11 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2287556

The Poetry of Punk: The Meaning Behind Punk Rock and Hardcore Lyrics

Author(s): Gerfried Ambrosch
Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2018, Size: 4 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2287866

Punk Rock is My Religion: Straight Edge Punk and ’Religious’ Identity

Author(s): Francis Stewart
Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2017, Size: 11 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2232335

"Do You Have a Band?": Poetry and Punk Rock in New York City

Author(s): Daniel Kane
Publisher: Columbia University Press, Year: 2017, Size: 70 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2494828

Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout

Author(s): Laura Jane Grace
Publisher: Hachette Books, Year: 2016, Size: 20 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2269496

One chord wonders : power and meaning in punk rock

Author(s): Dave Laing, TV Smith
Publisher: PM Press, Year: 2015, Size: 7 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2083931

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are really best-sellers according to Washington Post, others are composed 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 resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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