Most popular Punk, New Wave & Indie books
The most popular Punk, New Wave & Indie books currently available. Updated weekly.
An extraordinary history of the punk movement in East Germany, perfectly timed for the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on 3 October 2019.
Flea, the iconic bassist and co-founder, alongside Anthony Kiedis, of the immortal Red Hot Chili Peppers finally tells his fascinating origin story, complete with all the dizzying highs and the gutter lows you'd expect from an LA street rat turned world-famous rock star. With a foreword by punk rock legend, Patti Smith.
Winner of the 2010 Non-Fiction National Book Award Patti Smith's evocative, honest and moving coming-of-age story of her extraordinary relationship with the artist Robert Mapplethorpe
From a 1970 meeting with Jimi Hendrix, to Live Aid, Greenham Common, a cancer op and a brief glimpse of Cream's 2005 reunion. This is essentially a punk rock, pub-based soap-opera like no other; set against venues in the smashed-up ruins of a changing world. This follows on from the hilarious and critically acclaimed first volume.
The vibrant story of how the sound of British pop music was shaped by its industrial cities
In this spectacular new Blondie 2019 calendar, celebrated New York City punk Chris Stein shares his iconic photographs of Debbie Harry, with whom he co-founded the legendary band Blondie in the early 1970s. Captured by one of the period's greatest artists and instigators, these poster-size photographs revel in the glamour and grit of the most influential singer of the era. A must have for lovers of punk and new wave everywhere.
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.
This book will be the first and only time that Jordan will tell her story in her own words.
The guitarist for seminal female punk group The Slits recounts playing with Sid Vicious, touring with the Clash, dating Mick Jones, inspiring "Train in Vain," releasing her solo debut in 2012, and much more in this honest and entertaining memoir.
Rick Buckler talks us through the formation of The Jam and their early days - being signed by Polydor, their first No 1 record, the video shoots, tours and beyond. Buckler also picks the 50 greatest Jam tracks and tells us how they were written, recorded and the stories behind every one of these classic songs. This book also critiques every Jam studio album as well as listing every Jam tour, The Jam on TV, Awards, video locations and more. This book was previously The Dead Straight Guide To The Jam.
Poly Styrene was many things: a pop star, a punk, a songwriter, a single mother, a woman of colour, a Hare Krishna convert and an artist, but she is best known as the singer of X-Ray Spex. Dayglo! is the definitive statement on Poly Styrene as an artist.
A photographic book surveying the little documented underground indie music and fashion scene in 1980s Britain.
From school punk to modern day film producer Richard Jobson's autobiography is a riveting read of how, having suffered a harrowing incident as a child that left him suffering with epilepsy, he overcame his disability to become successful in the world of music and film and it will appeal particularly to fans of Punk Rock, The Skids and Big Country
A queer countercultural icon opens up about all things artistic, radical and romantic. Winner of the PEN American Center essay prize.
A compelling visual portrait of a time, place, and subculture that raised a middle finger to modern society
The Sex Pistols, The Damned and The Clash were the originators of British punk rock. In 1976, they were a three-pronged attack on the self-satisfied rock elite and the inspiration to a new generation of music fans: the fans that would define the future.
In 1975, Viv Albertine was obsessed with music but it never occurred to her she could be in a band as she couldn't play an instrument and she'd never seen a girl play electric guitar. This book deals with her life and work.
Jon Savage's Ralph Gleason Award-winning England's Dreaming is the ultimate book on punk, its progenitors, the Sex Pistols, and their time: the late 1970s.
From the Kings Road of the early seventies, through the years of the Sex Pistols, Punk Rock and to his self-imposed exile in New York and Los Angeles where he battled with alcohol, heroin and sex addiction - caught in a cycle of rehab and relapse, this is the story of an unlikely guitar hero who, with the Sex Pistols, changed history.
An exquisite pictorial biography of one of today's most intriguing performers: Nick Cave.
I Just Can't Stop It is the honest and compelling autobiography from British Music Legend, Ranking Roger.
BUZZCOCKS - THE COMPLETE HISTORY is the bible for fans of the legendary Manchester band who gave birth to the independent record movement and released some of the greatest punk records of all time.
In this, the first book to take a big-picture view of the entire post punk period, acclaimed author and music journalist Simon Reynolds recreates a time of tremendous urgency and idealism in pop music.
Based upon work and materials compiled for the acclaimed and now much sought after 2007 Cramps biography A Short History of Rock'n'Roll Psychosis, Journey To The Centre Of The Cramps goes far beyond being a revised and updated edition:
A songwriting memoir from bestselling author and folk-rock icon, Frank Turner
It was a scene that had many names: some original members referred to themselves as punks, others new romantics, new wavers, the bats, or the morbids. This book is about the music, the individual, and the creativity of a worldwide community rather than theoretical definitions of a subculture.
Erin Osmon presents a detailed account of the Rust Belt-born visionary, prolific, and at times cantankerous singer-songwriter Jason Molina. As the first authorized account of this self-mythologizer, the book provides readers with unparalleled insight into Molina's tormented life and the Midwest musical underground that birthed him.
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An illustrated memoir by an icon of contemporary art, and a tribute by the artist to the band that has in many ways inspired her career.
This critical account of Blondie s rise also doubles as an alternative history of 1970s American popular music and the downtown New York scene."
They had just a few hundred pounds, one band missing a drummer, a sock drawer for an office, more dreams than sense and not a clue between them how to run a record company.
Kraftwerk: I Was a Robot is the full insider's story of this legendary act, as told by the band's original drummer. From their early days in Dusseldorf to the band's implosion in the 80s and beyond, Wolfgang Flur's book is the definitive document of the Man Machine, a synth-driven quartet who transformed the face of modern music.
'I was 22 years old, a hard-on with a pulse: wretched, vice-ridden, too much to burn and not enough minutes in a hour to do so'The action begins in West Des Moines, Iowa, where Corey Taylor, frontman of heavy metal bands Slipknot and Stone Sour, systematically set about committing each of the Seven Deadly Sins.
On 4 June 1976, four young men took to the tiny stage of the Lesser Free Trade Hall in Manchester. The noise they made changed everything...I Swear I Was There is the true story of the electrifying gig that changed the music scene forever.
During the late 1960s, throughout the 1970s, and into the 1980s, New York City poets and musicians played together, published each other, and inspired one another to create groundbreaking art. In "Do You Have a Band?", Daniel Kane reads deeply across poetry and punk music to capture this compelling exchange and its challenge.
The inside story of the year that changed everything - as told by the Sex Pistols.