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Most popular Punk, New Wave & Indie books

The most popular Punk, New Wave & Indie books currently available. Updated weekly.
'Til Wrong Feels Right: Lyrics and More
Just Kids
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
Year of the Monkey: The New York Times bestseller
Burning Down The Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution and the Fall of the Berlin Wall
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.
Hit Factories: A Journey Through the Industrial Cities of British Pop
The vibrant story of how the sound of British pop music was shaped by its industrial cities
Defying Gravity: Jordan's Story
This book will be the first and only time that Jordan will tell her story in her own words.
Revenge of the She-Punks: Poly Styrene to Pussy Riot
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.
Blondie 2019 Square Wall Calendar
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.
This Day In Music's Guide To The Jam
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.
Against Memoir
A queer countercultural icon opens up about all things artistic, radical and romantic. Winner of the PEN American Center essay prize.
Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys.
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.
To Throw Away Unopened
Into The Valley - The Autobiography
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
Scene In Between: Tripping Through the Fashions of UK Indie Music 1980-1988
A photographic book surveying the little documented underground indie music and fashion scene in 1980s Britain.
To Throw Away Unopened
To Throw Away Unopened is a fearless dissection of one woman's obsession with the truth - the truth about family, power, and her identity as a rebel and outsider.
Rip it Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984
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.
Try This At Home: Adventures in songwriting: THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
A songwriting memoir from bestselling author and folk-rock icon, Frank Turner
Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys.
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.
Cruel To Be Kind: The Life and Music of Nick Lowe
The authorised biography of Nick Lowe, the 'Jesus of Cool'.
More Tales of a Rock Star's Daughter
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.
Smashing it Up: A Decade of Chaos with the Damned
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.
Riot Days
Dayglo!: The Creative Life of Poly Styrene
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.
Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk
This is the story of a cultural phenomenon which embraced Andy Warhol, Jim Morrison, Lou Reed, David Bowie, Patti Smith, The Sex Pistols, Iggy Pop, and more. Documenting a time of self-destruction and peverse innocence, this text has contributions from both stars and groupies.
Oh So Pretty: Punk in Print 1976-1980
A compelling visual portrait of a time, place, and subculture that raised a middle finger to modern society
Journey to the Centre of the Cramps
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:
Teaching Resistance: Radicals, Revolutionaries, and Cultural Subversives in the Classroom
NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories
The story of how NOT to be a successful punk band, as told by one of punk's most successful bands
Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death, and Drums, Drums, Drums
I Know Better Now: My Life Before, During and After the Ramones
I Just Can't Stop It: My Life in the Beat
I Just Can't Stop It is the honest and compelling autobiography from British Music Legend, Ranking Roger.
Making Spaces Safer
I Was a Teenage Banshee
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.
Little History: Photographs of Nick Cave and Cohorts 1981 - 2013
An exquisite pictorial biography of one of today's most intriguing performers: Nick Cave.
Seven Deadly Sins
'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.
Anger is an Energy: My Life Uncensored
Paperback edition of the autobiography of one of popular music's most recognizable and talked-about icons
Art of Punk
It is almost impossible to believe that the posters, flyers and other punk ephemera were once used and discarded. But despite such humble origins, this groundbreaking artwork continues to have an impact on music, fashion and media today.
Big Midweek: Life Inside The Fall
Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol
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.
Electric Guitars: The Illustrated Encyclopedia
The first official book on the French band Phoenix, the generation-defining group who bridged the gap between French EDM and American indie music and defined the sound of an era.
Beat Happening's Beat Happening
Blondie's Parallel Lines
This critical account of Blondie s rise also doubles as an alternative history of 1970s American popular music and the downtown New York scene."
Road Beneath My Feet
A searingly honest and brilliantly written account of Frank Turner's journey from the pub circuit to selling out Wembley Arena, with an exclusive new chapter.
Young Marble Giants' Colossal Youth
Kraftwerk: I Was A Robot
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.
Fugazi's In on the Kill Taker
My Bass and Other Animals
Guy Pratt's life as bass player to the stars. The book behind the successful comedy show.
Hole's Live Through This
Punk 45: The Singles Cover Art of Punk 1976-80
With encyclopaedic visual imagery featured inside, this book includes a number of interviews with celebrated designers involved in creating punk's original iconic imagery.